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Dual-core And 64-bit?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by doubleJ, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. doubleJ

    doubleJ Active Member

    I've been looking to upgrade my hardware, as I've started to work on video and it's brought my meager 3.33GH to a crawl at times. I've been flipping around the idea of going dual-core and/or 64-bit and I was wondering if it really makes that much of a difference with audio/video editing. Tom's Hardware had a thing on intel vs amd dual-core and in the audio/video sections it didn't really seem to make that big of a difference. Like, if an encode took 3 minutes on an athlon64 it might take 2:45 on an x2.
    I see that Cakewalk Studio 5 has a 64-bit version, but nothing else seems to. Is there really a worthwhile reason to go with those new things, in this respect?
    I spec'd out a few mobo/cpu combos to see price comparisons. Do the price differences really equate to higher video frame rates, more trackable channels, etc...
    JJ

    Single-Core AMD:
    $175 Athlon64 3200 (2.0GH)
    $ 85 K8T800Pro/nForce3 Ultra
    ====
    $260 Total

    Dual-Core AMD:
    $325 Athlon64 X2 3800 (2.0GH)
    $ 85 K8T800Pro/nForce3 Ultra
    ====
    $410 Total

    Single-Core Intel:
    $100 CeleronD 340 (2.93GH)
    $ 75 i865PE (478)
    ====
    $175 Total

    Dual-Core Intel:
    $250 Pentium D 820 (2.8GH)
    $ 75 i865PE (775)
    ====
    $325 Total
     

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