For video editing the 860 is not the optimal choice because of the P55 mobo. For PS and LR and very occasional PrE or even PR use, it will do OK. The 860 is about equal or slightly less than a 930, but the mobo for an 930 is way better, and overclocking is easier.
The AnandTech comparison is way outdated. The 920 is EOL and has been succeeded by the 930 that is much better.
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the 930 does outperform the 860 the tests Anad and others use
rarely have anything to do woth real work function.
at least for Pro Video and Pro Audio.
for gigles here is a test for pro audio where even the 870 is bested by the 920
(and we are talking 860/930)
2nd test down
the performance for Adobe/Vegas/Avid are pretty much the same spread. and with ADobe its a tad better due to memory bandwidth
and CS5 is chewing up ram like no tomorrow.
lastly if choosing the right components
the 860 and 930 are the same price
the P55 and X58 boards should be within $40-50
so that leaves the ram as the deciding factor
P55 is 4,8,16 gig
X58 is 6,12,24
so P55 (8gig) and X58 (6gig) should be the same price really
Thanks for the input. From what I have read LR does not use multithreading very much. It has been suggested by a few others that the 860's turbo ability is more powerful than the 930's. That should make it a better performer for the majority of tasks I'll be doing (LR, maybe some Flash/Flash Catalyst, and owe end use of Premiere Elements 8).
Not looking at it from a high end video editing machine perspective, and assuming RAM to be equal at either 8 or 12 GB's, is there any validity to those thoughts?
Regarding future upgrades with the sockets changing using the x58 may not matter over the P55 because by the time I upgrade again (likey 2 more probably 3 years or more) it will be an entire new playing field and require a new build again. The better mobo regarding more usable slots and channels for my narrow use my not offer and advantage over the P55 ones. Still trying to piece all this together.
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Turbo should be turned OFF as ALL C states should be.
it causes more issues than it solves.
and while the 800 series and 900 series are all cut from the same silicon as are the Xeons 55xx series (other than the 980x which is 32nm)
they are not the same product due to platform.
a bad analogy but imagine a toyota pickup vs a big dodge truck
the toyota may seem fast but you can get more done with the Dodge. the X58 would be a Dodge Hemi fast and a big haul
(I think i have been in Kentucky too long)
both will overclock well
memory bandwidth on
Adobe products are very memory hungry at this point.
Thanks - you pushed me over the edge so I decided I'll go the 930 route. Will probably use it with the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 X58 6GB/s USB 3.0 ATX mobo.
While I got your attention, what are the thoughts about the 1Gb version of the new GTX460 card (for more 2D and low end video)? I'm sure it is not the ultimate video card, but for LR and PS, Flash it would be good, yes?
we have a 460 showing up sometime in the next day or 2 we will report (as usual)
once tested. it may take a few days to get to the test believe it or not despite this supposed bad economy we are very busy