You will profit even more from an i7 or Xeon 56xx system.
Your Opteron systen is so much slower than an i7 or Xeon 56xx system, in the order of 4-7 times slower, that it may make more sense to get a new system rather than spending your money on an expensive Quadro 3800/4800 card.
Thanks for the info. I knew I would be probably pushing it with the Opterons I have (they are over 5 yrs old) but I wasn't sure what kind of boost I could get with the newer processors. 4 - 7 times slower Ouch! You mentioned the new i7's but I was wondering which is better the new AMD Opterons or the i7's? I can get a dual six core Opterons for the price of a single i7.
Look here: http://ppbm4.com and judge for yourself. You can do the benchmark test yourself to see where your system stands, but my guess is your score will be around 220-250 seconds. You can send the results to me by private mail as well as to Bill.
AMD's are way slower than Intels for video editing.
WOW, you nailed my score almost perfectly... 238. This will give me some good justification for a new system. I see what you mean by the i7's kicking some serious butt. The one thing I didn't see on the list we Opteron 2400's. I'd be interested in your thoughts regrading a system with a pair of these in it and how well it would stack up against a single 6 core i7 system. I'm going to contact my vendor and see if thy'll run the benchmark and provide the scores.
Thanks again for your input.
The only area where I know that AMD beats Intel is in a comparison between the Intel Xeon 7500 series and the AMD 8000 series in quad socket CPU servers. In workstations I have not yet seen any test results where AMD performed equally or better than Intel.
For the PPBM benchmark we depend on result submissions from people like you and me to fill a database with relevant data. The more data we have, the more reliable and the more informative all these results become. Unfortunately we don't have any data on the hexacore AMD CPU's, because no one has submitted results yet, so I can't even guess how it would fare against the i7 or other Intel CPU's.
CPU is one aspect, but as you can see from the results, the four top performers with scores below 40 seconds, all have multi-disk raids to help them achieve these results.
The PC is as weak as its weakest link. You can use the Windows Experience Index to see where your weakest link is. For me it is my boot disk:
but if I test my array it turns in a 7.9 score and my video card is the weakest link.