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Wow.....Pretty cool

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Opus2000, Apr 10, 2002.

  1. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    So, I've got my second PC system out on a rental...
    this is what it's got
    Asus P4B266, P41.6a(OC'd to 2.13Ghz), 512 Crucial Non-ECC DDR 266 PC2100, Matrox G550, 4RU case with 300Watt PSU, Two RME 9652 Hammerfall cards, Adaptec 2930U, UA UAD-1 DSP Card, Windows 2000 W/Service Pack 2...
    Now, project is a 24/96 session...16 tracks of 24/96 running off of a SCSI drive without a single glitch, pop, crackle or even hint of a crash!! No IRQ conlficts..I have all Serial ports and USB ports disabled..Standard PC mode..
    The RME's are being fed from an Apogee AD-16 and the goes out to two Apogee DA-16's. Track 24 is a SMPTE signal coming from Nuendo's SMPTE generator....I haven't checked out the CPU usage as of yet tho..soon tho!
    Just thought I'd let you know how the "original" ANUS machine was doing!
    Yes I say "original" because that is the first one I built! As soon as I got it up and running it needed to be on a rental..so I said the hell with this! I cant live without a computer for a month! lol
    So I built a duplicate which is basically the same thing with a few twists of course!
    Here's what I'm doing with my system:
    Asus P4B266 with 1GB Kingston DDR266 PC2100 NON-ECC CAS2.5, P4 1.6a(OC'd to 2.13GHz), Matrox G550, Layla20, ATA100 RAID controller, 20GB Maxtor, 40GB Western Digital, Plextor 12x8x32, Teac 40X CDROM, USB 2.0 enabled, all other USB disabled, All serial ports disabled, on board audio enabled.
    I am running the OS and app drive off of the IDE 1 on the RAID controller, the Data drive off of the IDE 2 on the RAID Controller.
    On the Primary bus I have the Teac 40x set as Master(using 40 pin-80 conductor cables) and the Plextor as the Master on the Secondary bus.
    This way the optical drives are by themselves since
    A: Optical drives do indeed slow down the hard drive
    B: When two optical drives are on the same bus(especially a CDR/W) you will lose CDR writing performance!!
    I will eventually add a second hard drive to the IDE 2 on the RAID controller and use those for RAID configurations!
    Oh..WinXP Pro Corporate version if you were wondering!
    Also a Tascam US428 on the USB 2.0 connection for MIDI and Surface control only!
    What ya think?!
    Opus :D
  2. CustomProd

    CustomProd Guest

    Sounds like a scorcher!!

    Question tho. I thought in order to have a raid controller, the Mobo had to be a raid Mobo. The P4B266 is not a raid board. How are you able to run raid?

    CustomProd :confused:
  3. Tommy P.

    Tommy P. Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    Very cool indeed. That machine is letting you do insane things. I'm running that OS too, no need to register. Which raid controller are you using?
  4. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    I bought a RAID Controller card Custom....that's how I can set up a RAID system! Amazing isnt it!!
    The card is SIG or something like that..I bought it at Fry's at the last moment..was one of those spur of the moment thangs! Decided to get it to do some testing with for the halibut...it was only like 60 bucks..no problems on the setup(other than me being a moron and wiping my drives!)
    I'm actually curious to see how the machine will react performance wise with the RAID in there now!
  5. CustomProd

    CustomProd Guest

    Opus - Cool man!! Let us know how it goes. I know that in other posts, the discussion about raid bounced back-and-forth about the benifits/differences of going RAID. The end result that I got was: RAID if possible. Now if the darn controller cards are only $60 bucks, then the hell with it. I'll get rid of my Promise Controller card and get a RAID card to increase thru-put.

    EDIT: Found the part at Fry's Here's the link to the PCI-IDE RAID Controller Card
    Sorry opus found a good price at TheNerds.Net

    Very interesting indeed!! ;)

    Thank you as always

  6. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Yes, RAID did get bounced around for a bit there didnt it. I never really got into those discussions, just read some and made some snide remarks just because I can and I will ;)

    Thank you as always

    CustomProd[/b][/quote]But of course..first off I like things different..why Be Normal I say....
    You know I will post you to keep you posted on my postings....Jumbo Shrimp? Little Giant? Why do our Feet Smell and our Nose Run? Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?

  7. Nick Driver

    Nick Driver Guest

    Here's an interesting item at thenerds.net .... I think everybody here ought to buy two of these :eek:
  8. Opus2000

    Opus2000 Distinguished Member

    Apr 7, 2001
    Hmmmm...I know what to put for my birthday wishlist :p
  9. knightfly

    knightfly Active Member

    Jan 18, 2002
    Cheap-ass Nerdguise wouldn't gimme a price break on a 6-pack - Screw 'em... Steve

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