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crazy for wanting xeons?

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January 19, 2006 7:32:23 PM

I am setting up a workstation for home use. I will be using toon boom, after effects, and adobe premier as well as photoshop illustrator and painter. I will mostly be working with video and 2d images ( this machine is dedicated to making animations) but will use some 3-d (open GL) for sceneplanning in toonboom and possibly some work in after effects.

I was planning on using two 3.2 xeon cpus. Looking at the benchmarks for after effects it really seems like they are well optimized for that program, and that they outperformed the Opterons. But, Xeons have been panned in every recent review I've seen. I'm not a tech person and I can't figure out what the problems with intel's architecture really mean. Does that effect how well I can upgrade the system?

I appreciate your help.

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January 19, 2006 7:47:51 PM

Thanks for the reply, I don't quite understand though. Here are the computers tested ( I could only find coparison for xeon 3.6)...

* CPUs:
o 2 x AMD Opteron 254 (Socket 940, 2.8 GHz, 1024KB L2);
o 2 x Dual-core AMD Opteron 875 (Socket 940, 2.2 GHz, 2 x 1024KB L2);
o 2 x Intel Xeon 3.6 GHz (Socket 604, 2MB L2);
o 2 x Dual-core Intel Xeon 2.8 GHz (Socket 604, 2 x 2MB L2).
* Mainboards:
o Supermicro X6DA3-G2 (Dual Socket 604, Intel E7525);
o Tyan K8WE (S2895) (Dula Socket 940, NVIDIA nForce Professional).
* Memory:
o 4096MB Registered DDR400 SDRAM (Kingston HyperX KRX3200AK2/1G, 8 x 512MB, 2.5-3-3-6, ECC);
o 4096MB Registered DDR2-400 SDRAM (Hyundai HYMP564R728-E3, 8 x 512MB, 3-3-3-8, ECC).
* Graphics card: NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 (PCI-E x16).
* HDD: Maxtor MaXLine III 250GB (SATA150).
* OS: Microsoft Windows XP SP2.

and here are the results

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/opteron-xe...
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