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Will My Alienware 7700 Lap Top Work Well For DA?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by fontane, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. fontane

    fontane Guest

    Here are my specs...

    P4 3.2
    2GB Dual Channel DDR2
    Two Internal 60GB 5400RPM (I know - i blew out on the drives :( )
    hyperthreading, etc...
    Gforce 6800
    2 firewires ports
    4 usb
    dvi out
    17" wide sxga monitor

    was debating switching to a mac dual 1.8 1gb G5...

    any suggestions?

    i would like to run sonar 4 producer, precision 6s, apogee mini DAC, waves diamond on the alienware...
     
  2. o2x

    o2x Active Member

    No problems at all. Be wary of Hyperthreading. If an application doesn't support it it can do more harm than good.

    Slow hard drives will eventually cause a problem too. You might start to experience droup-outs. As always. back your work up often.
     
  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    i would be shocked if it worked for audio.
    we tested the Clevo D900 (thats what Alienware, Sager and we sell)

    it did not do well in our tests at all.

    it might run a few tracks but it does not perform anywhere near as good as the previous Clevo D870P Which was kink butt.(the 900 replaced it)

    due to the PCI-E graphics.

    Scott
    ADK

    PS are you using Nuendo/cubase or Sonar or what?
     
  4. fontane

    fontane Guest

    sonar 4 on windows xp pro...

    i would need to upgrade my drive to 7200 or use an external drive of sorts... external suggestions?

    here's more info on my system if it helps?

    CPU
    Name: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz
    Manufacturer: GenuineIntel
    Caption: x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4
    Version: Model 3, Stepping 4
    Processor Id: BFEBFBFF00000F34
    Current Clock Speed: 3200MHz
    Address Width: 32Bits
    Data Width: 32Bits
    Socket Designation: WMT478/NWD

    FOUR RAM CHIPS
    Memory Module 1
    Capacity: 512MB
    Bank Label: DIMM 0
    Data Width: 64Bits
    Speed: 66MHz
    Socket Designation: J6G1
    Verified Hardware Device against Order: MEM-MOBL512DDR2533A

    BIOS
    Manufacturer: Phoenix Technologies LTD
    Name: Ver 1.00PARTTBL
    Version: 6.00
    Version: PTLTD - 6040000

    MOTHERBOARD
    Manufacturer: CLEVO
    Product: D900T
    Serial Number: 400
    Version: Revision A
    Verified Hardware Device against Order: MB-D900TAWGRY17SXGA+

    VIDEO
    Caption: NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800
    Adapter RAM: 256MB
    DriverVersion: 6.14.10.6760

    2 HARDDRIVE
    SAMSUNG MP0603H SCSI Disk Device
    Model: SAMSUNG MP0603H SCSI Disk Device
    Size: 60GB
    Total Heads: 255
    Total Cylinders: 7301
    Total Tracks: 1861755
    Tracks Per Cylinder: 255
    Model: SAMSUNG MP0603H SCSI Disk Device
    Size: 60GB
    Total Heads: 255
    Total Cylinders: 7301
    Total Tracks: 1861755
    Tracks Per Cylinder: 255

     
  5. fontane

    fontane Guest

    so far, this thread is making me nervous to use it for muy audio needs... :(
     
  6. o2x

    o2x Active Member

    I use an Nvida Quadro 3400 PCI-E based graphics card on my Avid/PT rig and it works fine. I don't think that's the problem.
     
  7. fontane

    fontane Guest

    would the firewire audio card not work well with this pci-e issue? i am still a little confused...
     
  8. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    this would be a dual bus system thus why it works.
    beside with PT LE your not even making it sweat with recording.

    Scott
    ADK
     
  9. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    fontane,
    only way to know is try it.

    i have a sonar test for you to try on it.

    Scott
    ADK

    for more info on PCI-E
    (Dead Link Removed)
     
  10. o2x

    o2x Active Member

    Hi Scott, your right about my Dual channel PCI architechture, but I use a PT HD2 rig running 24 channels i/o at 96k with some heavy plug processing.

    My work is mainly in the video/forensic market so i needed a top notch g/card - the nvidia (which was bloody expensive!) fit my needs and am quite happy with it. I also use an Avid adreneline system on the same machine set up with a dual boot depending on the application i need. I will eventually buy another machine for this - but seeing as mine cost me way too much moolah, i cannot currently afford it.

    I will however have no qualms about getting a PCI-E board again when i get another machine. (Digidesign themselves recommend a Dell w/s with a PCI-E card).

    I'm afraid I have no real experience with AMD processors. I've always used Intel. I started way back when AMD's were a bit...tempremental. Although i do have an AMD based laptop that runs like a dream - although i only use it for 'office' work.

    What i will say is that for basic multi-tracking, i don't think our man fontane with the alienware lapptop will have too many problems with a bit of audio. Yes i'm sure that running 100 tracks with assorted plug-ins will cause some difficulties, but hey, when i started, you had 24 tracks on a 2" machine and that's it. It seems to me that people have gotten a little lazy in terms of housekeeping with DAW's. The most tracks i've ever used on my PT rig is about 80, and it was a pain in the butt. I didn't know where i was. I eventually, after two days hard work, got it down to 26.

    A single bus PCI/PCI-E architechture will eventually run out of steam somewhat quicker than usual, but i'm sure that a quick run on Sonar will be OK.

    If he wants to get into serious tracking, then a laptop isn't the best anyway. PCI-E or no PCI-E.
     
  11. fontane

    fontane Guest

    thanks for your help... well, after such jitter about running on my alienware i have decided to purchase a dual 1.8 g5 with 2gb ram...

    i may use my lap top for some mobile work if anything...

    thanks again for everyone's help :)
     

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