What OS for SONAR 8 and this machine?

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Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 13:20

New computer that Vision DAW is building for me to run SONAR 8. I've heard so many conflicting (and assertive) opinions about which OS I should be using, I am confused. Thoughts, opinions, advice please?

8-Core Nehalem Xeon Server-Class Workstation
Custom 4U Rackmount Chassis w/10 Removeable Drive Bays
Dual Intel QUAD-Core Xeon X5570 - 2.93GHz, 8MB Cache, 6.4 GT/s Processors
Custom Nehalem Xeon Cooling
48GB DDR3 1333MHz Registered ECC Server Memory Modules
Adaptec 4-Port PIC-Express SATA Controller
20x DVD+/-RW Double Layer Optical Drive
Front Panel USB Access
Intergrated Firewire (1394a) Interface
Integrated DUAL Gigabit Ethernet Adapters
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, 896MB, PCI-Express, Dual-DVI Video Card

Using MOTU Midi Express x 2 (USB) for midi and MOTU 2408mkIII x 3 for audio.

We're still working out the hard drive configuration. It will be some combination of 2TB 7,200 RPM drives for storage and 300GB 10,000 RPM drives in a raid array for samples/streaming.

Windows 7 definitely. It will use you computer resources in the best possible way.

XP can not use more than 4 GB of memory and Vista has some stability issues.

oversampling wrote: XP can not use more than 4 GB of memory and Vista has some stability issues.

Correction: XP 32 bit cannot address more than 3gig of ram for programs. Neither can Win7 32 bit.

A 64 bit OS whether XP, Vista, or Win 7 can address more ram than 4 gig.

According to Cakewalk's website they already support Win7 with SONAR 8.5

Operating System*
Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2 (32 and 64-bit), or Windows 7 (32 and 64-bit)