3. Not yet
4. In essence the architecture is the same
5. One gets diminishing returns after 12 GB on single socket and 24 G on dual socket mobo's
6. Number if disregarding OC
7. Dunno, but be wary of anything with the name Matrox because of their drivers
8. SLI is not supported
9. Xeon only
11. Yes, but SSD shows no performance gain at all, only higher prices and lower capacity
12. Have a search here for MPE/CUDA and stuff like that.
Jeez...only 324 questions to go Harm.
Good luck with the rest of them.
"I have about 30.000 euro for 2 machines." That's about $38,772.00 USD!! Oh what I could build with that money! I.M.O, I would seriously look for a way around using Matrox video products. We began using the Matrox RT.X100 back in 2003 with Premiere 6.5. On a good day, we could edit all day with only one crash. The RT.X100 introduced serious problems to our workflow like corrupted project files and timelines that would export finished "show master" videos that contained errors like areas that freeze frame for 10 seconds.
Here is a link in the Adobe Hardware Forum to the two systems I recently built for the company I work for. Both systems cost roughly the equivalent of 2,725 EUR. That's not each, but for both systems:
The X-58 motherboards will accept the new 6 core intel i7 980x processors, you could go with 4GB sticks of RAM for a total per system of 24 and pop in a couple of Nvidia 285 GTX's for MPE acceleration. You should go with Harm's recommendation for Raid setup. For input and output connections, I'm thinking that someone makes a non-invasive solution. Take a look at products like the DeckLink HD Extreme 3D. I really don't know if this product is compatible with CS5 and the Mercury Playback Engine. I would do a little research on that.