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CPU Decision: Dual Opteron or Athlon64 FX?

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April 23, 2004 11:27:44 PM

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In contemplating a new (home) digital video editing
system, I'm trying to decide between purchasing a dual
AMD Opteron processor system or an AMD Athlon 64 FX-53
system.

Can anyone comment on what might be the better option?

While both options fully support 32-bit apps, and that
I'd mostly be using non-pro video editing apps, what
setup is likely to offer the best throughput?
April 24, 2004 12:31:08 AM

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The classic argument is get the biggest SINGLE processor system capabable of running your work.

Dual processors are a solution used where the power of one just isn't enough. There will always be a performance loss as a result of management overhead of scheduling more than one CPU, however look to the price / performance curve and relate that to your budgetary constraints: no constraints - no worries.

Now if you want to know which is better for your requirement, one would suggest that Opteron may be better suited. Read more at:

http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/...
Anonymous
April 24, 2004 4:41:27 AM

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The 64-bit AMD chip will need a 64-bit operating system and 64-bit apps
to achieve it's potential. I believe MicroSoft is working on (or maybe,
just completed an AMD version of 64-bit XP), but even with a 64-bit
operating system, you still would need 64-bit apps. As it stands now, and
this is just what I've seen, the only usable 64-bit system is still the
Itanium line (as far as a working operating system, and apps (very
limited/specialized)). To make a short story long, at this point, it's
(IMO) better to go with dual 32-bit chips.

(-: FireFox :-)


"Tim" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:3a2f01c429a3$b9e72d80$a001280a@phx.gbl...
> In contemplating a new (home) digital video editing
> system, I'm trying to decide between purchasing a dual
> AMD Opteron processor system or an AMD Athlon 64 FX-53
> system.

*SNIP*
Anonymous
April 24, 2004 8:16:04 AM

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Very few Apps will utilize both processors, so you are best off with one. Adobe Premiere will use two, or a single hyperthreaded P4.
The AMD will run WinXP 32 bit as well as 64 bit. I understand the 64 bit version is very pricey, untill MS releases it's home version. If
you build or buy a system now in anticipation of the 64 bit version, and 64 bit apps, your hardware will be somewhat dated once all that gets market,
I'm doing home video work on a single 3.0 GHz Intel w/1 GHz PC4000 Ram and am quite happy with it. I turn on hyperthreading when I plan to use adobe,
and turn it off the rest of the time.The real trick is to learn to set up a render process and walk away from the computer and do something else.
No matter how much money you throw at a system, that stuff takes a while.
As far as which is better, AMD or Intel, that debate still rages on.
Coach Ed

----- FireFox wrote: -----

The 64-bit AMD chip will need a 64-bit operating system and 64-bit apps
to achieve it's potential. I believe MicroSoft is working on (or maybe,
just completed an AMD version of 64-bit XP), but even with a 64-bit
operating system, you still would need 64-bit apps. As it stands now, and
this is just what I've seen, the only usable 64-bit system is still the
Itanium line (as far as a working operating system, and apps (very
limited/specialized)). To make a short story long, at this point, it's
(IMO) better to go with dual 32-bit chips.

(-: FireFox :-)


"Tim" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:3a2f01c429a3$b9e72d80$a001280a@phx.gbl...
> In contemplating a new (home) digital video editing
> system, I'm trying to decide between purchasing a dual
> AMD Opteron processor system or an AMD Athlon 64 FX-53
> system.

*SNIP*
!