For those of you have used the first generation of quad core chips, can they run premiere without stuttering or choking on transitions and AVCHD 24/mbs DSLR footage? I'm using a dual core E8600, and I'm doing much more editing than I anticipated, particularly multicam editing. Even with a GTX 670 running in CUDA alongside it, the E8600 has a hard time keeping up with DSLR footage, and when it hits transitions, the "Film Dissolve" in particular, which I use all the time, it stutters and never catches up until I stop playback. And multicam is a joke. Render times haven't been a problem for me, its the playback that's driving me crazy and costing me productivity.
So I'm on the fence about whether to put one last upgrade in the old box-the Q9650. I can find them on ebay as low as $130. Can this perform silky smooth in the aforementioned scenarios? I know the sandy bridge quad i5 based imac's at school can. Option 2 is a brand new Haswell based build. I only need CPU+Mobo+RAM (16gb) which i price out at $575. Money is verrrry tight right now, so if I can get a usability boost from the cheaper upgrade I'm gonna go for that until business builds up.
Thanks in advance for your opinions.
Don't waste your money on a lousy Q9650. The best you can achieve with such a system is among the 10% slowest performers. Go for an i7 Haswell and 16+ GB memory and you may end up among the 25% fastest systems. Around 5 times faster than the Q9650.
Ideally you would go for a hexa core because of the multicam with DSLR material and your video card, but that is out of budget range.
My advice is to not waste any money at all on that old LGA 775 platform, especially if it uses severely outdated DDR2 system RAM. My own testing running CS5.5 with a Q9450 (similar to the Q9650, only lower clocked at 2.66 GHz instead of 3.0 GHz) showed that the Q9450 was significantly slower than even a dual-core Sandy Bridge i3-2100. At stock speeds, that Q9650 would have been no faster overall than an i3-2100. This is largely due to the substantially slower external bus throughput from the CPU itself as well as the total lack of an L3 cache.