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grnarrow
My proposed AMD X2 system for Premiere Pro
on Jan 3, 2006 at 2:45:34 am

Since we've learned the DIY4 dual core system is going to be pentium-based, I decided to go ahead and spec out an X2-based system. Its purpose is to do SD editing in Premiere Pro. I chose all these parts based on considerations of performance, cost, and noise. Any critiques would be appreciated!

case: Antec p180
psu: Seasonic s12-500 500W

Mobo: Asus A8N-SLI Premium
cpu: AMD X2 4200
RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS TwinX2048-3200cpt (2x1GB)

sys drive: 80GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9
vid drive: 3x 250GB WD Caviar se16 WD2500KS (in RAID 5)

vid card: Quadro FX540 w/ breakout box
monitor: Samsung 204T 20"LCD

plus DVD-DL burner, floppy drive, keyboard, mouse, and Win XP Pro.

Total cost getting everything from Newegg is $2523, though I'd probaby get a few parts elsewhere for cheaper.
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/WishList/WishDetail.asp?position=HISTO...


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tbagg
Re: My proposed AMD X2 system for Premiere Pro
on Jan 22, 2006 at 5:06:11 am

Did you end up buying this bad boy? if so how is it working out for you?


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Gary Bettan
Re: My proposed AMD X2 system for Premiere Pro
on Jan 22, 2006 at 1:27:09 pm

The 4200 only has 512 L2 cache. The 4400 has 1 MB L2 cache. We think it's definitely worth stepping for this.

GAry


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grnarrow
Re: My proposed AMD X2 system for Premiere Pro
on Jan 22, 2006 at 2:08:36 pm

I have not built a new system yet. I was waiting for premiere pro 2, hoping that it would fully utilize dual cores. I haven't read any indications yet that it does, so I'm not sure what direction to head with my system.

The 4200 only has 512 L2 cache. The 4400 has 1 MB L2 cache. We think it's definitely worth stepping for this.

I thought that would be the case too, but every set of benchmarks I've seen suggests that the 4400 has no significant advantage over the 4200, and the 4800 has no advantage over the 4600. It's a lot of extra buck for no bang. If I was going to up the chip, I'd go for the 4600 (though I'm still planning to stick with the 4200 for the better price/performance ratio).
Check out, for example, these benchmarks:
http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/08/01/dual/page10.html


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John Q
Re: My proposed AMD X2 system for Premiere Pro
on Jan 22, 2006 at 7:16:03 pm

Premiere will utilize dual processors, but they will not operate at 100%. Although you've eliminated the cpu bottleneck by implementing dualcore, the limitation then becomes I/O bandwidth.

On my dual Athlon machine, cpu utilization is 90+% with one cpu, while Premiere is rendering. With two cpu's, they both run at 65%. This is an improvement, but only about 50%, not double, due to I/O bandwidth.


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Evan Newsome
Re: My proposed AMD X2 system for Premiere Pro
on Jan 22, 2006 at 9:26:08 pm

John Q: On my dual Athlon machine, cpu utilization is 90+% with one cpu, while Premiere is rendering. With two cpu's, they both run at 65%. This is an improvement, but only about 50%, not double, due to I/O bandwidth.


On PPro 1.5
My dual core Intel renders (for NTSC playback) both are typically @ 65%, but if I am not mistaken when I convert to WMV or MPEG I have seen both @ 86-92% or so.


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