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cpu confusion

Discussion in 'Recording' started by YASSOOBLUE, Oct 12, 2005.



    :) hi, i am about to upgrade my old amd athlon daw, to something that doesn`t max out at 30 tracks, the problem i have is that i can`t decide which cpu to go for, amd 64,venice 3200 or the intel 630 emt64
    they are aroungd the same cost at the moment in the UK about £120,
    so i would be grateful for any advice.
  2. doubleJ

    doubleJ Active Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    Branson, MO
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    I read that Cakewalk Sonar 5 was coded for 64-bit cpu's. You might give an athlon64 a little extra consideration if looking at that program.
  3. Sonarfox

    Sonarfox Guest

    Intel all the way. Apparently, even Macs will be using Pentium-based architecture soon. Manufacturers such as RME, Steinberg (Sony) and M-Audio also use Intel hardware when developing music hardware/software and finally, memories of AMD and audio glitching has done nothing for their reputation.

    The new series of EMT64 chips from Intel (630, 640 etc) should be fine with most 64 bit applications - I've just installed one and it's blisteringly fast and seems to run a lot cooler than my old 2.4 Prescott workhorses.

    You just get that sense of stability, professionalism and class when buying Intel.

    Check out http://www.scan.co.uk for some good prices and fantastic service - I always use these chaps.

    Hope this helps.


    :) many thanks I was angling towards intel, but i have a couple of gaming pals who keep saying amd are the best, but for audio production i think the intel chips as you say will be more stable, what cpu cooler whould you suggest the one that comes with the p4 or a zalman
    many thanks once again for your input
  5. gnarr

    gnarr Guest

    there is NO difference in stability! A good nForce3 motherboard and a venice 3200+ will outperforme intel 630 anyday. It's much more powerful CPU.

    But stay away from nForce4 as is.

    I've run MacOsX on a Intel system and on a AMD system, and the AMD was noticeble faster.
  6. Mr-Nice

    Mr-Nice Guest

    AMD's have gotten better compared to back in the day where they tended to overheat a bit faster and werent as relaiable. I know that Cubase recommended the Pentium chip over the AMD back then too, but now it seems you can use cubase with AMD.

    I prefer an intel chip with an intel chipset but take your pick. I think that when the AMD and Pentium were benched they were basically the same.

    Click Here! to see a site and comparison graph. Both CPU's arent far off from one another. At least thats what it looked like to me.
  7. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Quakertown PA
    Both are excellent CPUs and will make a fine DAW. Buy as much CPU as you can afford. As was stated "stay away from NF4 chipsets" and PCI-E in general. I would also avoid VIA and SiS chipsets.

    Now quit goofing around and get back to recording. :D
  8. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    LOL LOL where do you get this info?

    i can personally tell you (as they came from me) that everyone you mentioned has AMD systems. and Steinberg is not owned by Sony rather Yamaha.

    2) anyone buying an Intel system would be a fool to not buy dual core at this point. not a 5x or 6x series chip.

    3) Intel runs hotter, runs slower and present processors are "band-aided" by Intels own admission of attempting to keep up with AMD.

    and for a comparison based on Audio go here

  9. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    Not to get off track, but at the recent AES show in NY, Cakewalk was touting their alliance with Intel and was passing out blue lanyards with both the Cakewalk and Intel logos on them...
  10. Mr-Nice

    Mr-Nice Guest

    LOL LOL where do you get this info?

    My P4 is at a steady 93F temp, and that is after an all day use. I dont know where your getting this "It runs hotter" from. And I also have several friends who use the pentium and they are around the same running temp.

    Show me any article where Intel admits this?
  11. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    To clear up some stuff

    1) Yes, P4's tend to run hotter than Athlon 64's (at comparable speeds), but they're designed to run hotter, so it's a moot point.

    2) Apple will not be using "pentium" based architecture. Chips will be manufactured by Intel, but have close to nothing in common with the pentium line of cpu's. OSX has been running on Pentiums for a while, but the final product will not be a pentium chip.

    3) Sony owns Sonic Foundry, not Steinberg.

    And now for my opinion: Either processor is good. I like AMD's, but I also only use my PC's for gaming.
  12. RandomGuest

    RandomGuest Guest

    Feb 10, 2001
    i rufuse to comment depsite the majority of Sonar users knowing it runs better on AMD.

    did you also notice the Cakewalk/Intel /Gibson thing

    Intel has large pockets

    someday i may share a story.... when i am no longer in this biz.

  13. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    I have to laugh at that as I'm an ex Intel engineer and I know a story or two myself.
  14. SONICA-X

    SONICA-X Guest


    the Intel / Cakewalk deal sounds like the AMD / Steinberg deal :)


    if you want a killer cool running DAW get the X2 4400+ with an ASUS A8V Deluxe and you will be more than happy. Faster, cooler and 5 PCI slots. And now, UAD-1 certified.

    Is Scott correct? YES.

    My best,

    Guy Cefalu
    Sonica Audio Labs

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