Run the PPBM5 Benchmark and you will know where you are. My guess is around 700 - 900 seconds. You will have to live with that, since it makes even less sense to upgrade to a different platform, be it P67 or X58. Memory can only be either 8 or 16 GB, not 12.
Got it, I will run the benchmark to see where I am at...
so upgrading to the x58 for example -- not worth the money?
I knew the P55 was a bit limited as a chipset when I bought it, but I figured it'd suffice for 1-2 years...
Thanks for your help Harm!! Much appreciated...
I can't look into your wallet, nor do I know about the bind your are in with your projects, but generally it is a waste of money to exchange a 6-month old system for a new one. It requires too much depreciation to be acceptable for the limited gains you get from a new system.
If I were in your shoes, I would wait for Q4/2011 and the upcoming Sandy Bridge E/Waimea platform.
I know, the price is incomparable to your current system, but so is the performance. My guess, around 20 - 30 times faster than your current system. However, the side effect of this new platform is that current CPU prices will be lowered too, making current platforms even more attractive.
Ya, current system cost around 2K, so I don't have money to do a full upgrade for sure...
I'm not really having too much trouble on the work I'm doing now -- mostly it was the other NLE that I was using that was constantly having stack/heap errors and massive memory leaks, so before I bought Premieme I decided to upgrade my rig. I *thought* I'd done OK but I did cheap out on the processor, a decision I'm regretting now for sure LOL.
I agree about sandy bridge -- H.264 encoding is the only task that is really a big hurdle for me right now, so I guess I'll just have to put up with the long render times for that encoding and wait for the next set of processors (they are octo core I'm assuming, right?) because I agree with your estimate of a 20X performance gain or more -- that is not at all unreasonable to expect.
I think I'll just start saving up now...