No, depends, not sensible if at all possible.
Have your brother update the BIOS, assuming he uses the mobo.
Harm, this is a new, unused board, hence the older BIOS. What do you (or anyone) think of the 975 EE?
Personally, I would only consider the i7-930 overclocked or the i7-980X. Not the 975EE, which is a waste of money IMO.
is this a new build. if so what other parts you thinking of using. as you want to balance the sytem out.
a i7-930 Oc to 4.3 will give you very good performance similar to a Stock 980x. and this will save you alot of money. it all depnds what you want out of the build.
this is a good article.
I didn't do my homework. I didn't realize that the 980X is the first 6-core. I'd pay $300 for a new moboard and go with a 980X before I'd go to an overclocked quad core. So, thanks all of you for the help on this and Baz, thanks for that article which made my decision for me! By the way, I'm going from a dual quadcore with 20gigs of DDR2 memory with a single 980X with 24 gigs of DDR3 memory. Most members on this forum strongly recommended I ditch the dual quad core rig for a single 980X single core, mainly because of the increased speed and performance of DDR 3 RAM.
with your current system have you tried the PPBM4 Test, ??? it is good to see where your sytem is lacking and what parts would be good for upgrade.
I just did:
Felix's Edit Computer
S5396WA2NRF Tempest i5400XT Dual LGA 771 Intel 5400 SSI
89.7, secs Total Benchmark Time
18.6, secs AVI Encoding Time
37.1, secs MPEG Elapsed Time
34, secs Rendering Time
Xeon E5450 Harpertown 3.0GHz LGA 771 80W Quad-Core Processors
3.0, GHz CPU speed
2, Number of CPU chips
8, Total Number of Cores
20, GB RAM
4.2.1, APP Version PPBM4 DV
Win 7 64 Ult, OSVersion
SSD, OS Disk Interface
256, GB OS Disk Capacity
N/A (SSD), OS Disk Speed
Same as OS different partition, Project Disk Interface
120GB of 256, GB Project Disk Capacity
N/A, Project Disk Speed
SATA III RAID 0, Preview Disk Interface
2TB x 2 RAID 0, GB Preview Disk Capacity
7200, Preview Disk Speed
SATA III (same HDs/RAID as Preview), Output Disk Interface
2Tb x 2 RAID 0 (same HDs/RAID as Preview files), GB Output Disk Capacity
7200, Output Disk Speed
ATI Radeon HD 4890 (1Gb), Graphics Board
Using Matrox Axio LE, Comment
The first thing that does not help with your current system is the Matrox card. It slows down non Matrox Codecs. I had a matrox rtx.2 and had same issue. with out the card and a fresh install i had better results.
hope your build goes well for you.
Baz, unfortunately I'm stuck with the Matrox until there's an external monitoring solution for CS5. And right now, that solution looks like the Matrox MXO2. The Axio LE is just too legacy and won't have CS5 support until sometime this Fall (hopefully many projects from now!)
Your results have been published. The thing that strikes is the relatively bad disk performance. Possibly because of the (partitioned) SSD, that costs a lot of time.
hi, the monitor out only works with matrox projects. I dont see a reason for upgrading if you decide to keep the Matrox Card as it will hold you back on other codecs. I would personally look at a alternative card just for monitor out.
Again, I can go to a Matrox MXO2 system and get the ext. monitor. I've been editing in Matrox projects for the last 4 years. Matrox will import just about anything out there AND give me the ext. mon. output. I don't know that there's another solution out there if one wants ext. monitoring capability with CS5. I'm not smart enough to be able to edit HD TV commercials using just my two computer monitors. I find it imperative to be able to monitor the output on a high quality, large panel. Oh yeah, a client monitor is what clients expect to see during supervised edits. Not sure what they'd think if they had to look over my shoulders at a computer monitor to see the output. But I'm pretty sure.
Harm, partitioning a disk is THAT bad? Keep in mind that this is not the media disk, just the OS & Project Files, If this is the case, then I'll get a smaller, separate SSD for the Project Files and let Win 7 have it's own, unpartitioned SSD. I've been partitioning disks for years, unwaware of a speed hit. At least I've never partitioned a RAID!
It may not all be caused by partitioning, but could also be caused by the weakness of SSD's in writing data, as well as the number of processes and services in the background. Partitioning will never make a disk faster, only slower. SSD's are notoriously weak with writing, and with editing there are lots of files being written, media cache files, media cache database, temp files, preview files, and the like. It could well be a combination of these factors that all slow down your system.
Despite all the hype about SSD's, I have not heard or seen any proof that SSD's perform better with editing. The only thing I know for sure is that they are 30 - 50 times more expensive per GB than conventional disks. Even in raids with 8 SSD's they were not faster/better than conventional disks.
I have found a solution, and it wont be to expensive.
ok what you need isa
Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition
and this is how it would be connected.
1x Dvi from graphics card to Matrox TripleHead
2x Dvi from Matrox TripleHead to 2x Monitors
1x Dvi From Graphics Card to Preview monitor
hope this helps
Baz, I've settled on the Matrox MXO2-LE w/Max. Total cost $1,325. It has HDMI out to any consumer HD TV (or any monitor with HDMI) and has a great blue-bar calibration tool. I've got to scrap the Axio LE because it is PCI-X and the latest moboards are doing away with that. Right now I'm blessed with a fair amount of work, so I don't mind spending that money to get cuda-playback AND external monitoring. But thanks for the economical option!
if you wanted HDMI, you could have used a DVI to HDMI cable. Never mind, hope it does what you want.
I forgot to mention: I still want to have the I/O capabilities that I'll lose with the Axio LE and won't be able to keep unless I go with the MXO2 setup. And those are the abilitity to have XLR audio I/O and to be able to bring in and out composite, component, S-Vid and HDMI.