It looks like a decent system, but to be sure, run the PPBM5 Benchmark
That will show you where you are in the ranking and whether it is worth the investment to start all over. If KL Involute is indicative, you better start all over.
Thanks for the input Harm. It appears this test is for CS5? As I haven't purchased the upgraded yet I suppose I could install the CS5 trial, or is there a version for CS4 that would be suitable?
Given that ATI is apparently not going to post any updates for the V7300 card (no OpenGL support) and the overall performance just doesn't seem that great I'm leaning toward a new system altogether. I'm sure I'll have some specific questions re. components when I get to that point...
It does not work with the trial, so you bet use the link Glenn supplied. You can send me the results by PM.
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at the risk of sounding rude. the 51xx series Xeons are dog slow.
a single 920 would blow that system out of the water.
in fact a 920 will beat 54xx series xeons...
so in short yes start over
Yeah, start over.
The thing is there really just isn't much room to upgrade your system anyway. The 5160's are socket 771 so you have to get a new motherboard for any current gen chip, the 5160's themselves are older Dual cores plus they lack hyperthreading, so compared to any 1366 quad it's going to lose, you're already running 16gb of ram, and since you are running CS4 you won't benefit at all from going with a MPE supported card.
>>at the risk of sounding rude. the 51xx series Xeons are dog slow.
I'm afraid you owe an apology for that remark-- not to ME, but to my dog who was reading over my shoulder. "Dog slow..."?!?
But seriously, not rude at all. When I bought this computer we were preparing to do quite a bit or work with training type videos but that got pushed back and I haven't actually used it all that much. In the meantime I've been pretty clueless, other than general things I've read re.what's out there now by way of comparison. Since posting here I did find some comparison charts and this lowly Xeon is waaaaay down in the group, barely making the lists.
While I'm not looking forward to spending the $$$ for new gear, I suppose the good news is that it seems I can look forward to much improved performance. I paid a lot for my current system way back when, but even then was never very impressed with it.
Thanks to everyone for the input and blunt but informed advice!
please give the dog a big treat for me
Given I'm moving in the direction of upgrading to a new machine w/ CS5, I've begin trying to digest the excellent information in your tests which you post. I'm sure I'll have some specific questions re. components when I begin that process. Thanks for you input.
Did somebody say Dog Treat?