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Joseph W. BourkeAnyone using Xeon workstations for CS5?
by on Apr 15, 2011 at 3:36:36 pm

I've been looking at specs for a CS5 (and CS5.5) machine which will be somewhat future-proof. Has anyone had experience with the Supermicro products:

http://www.supermicro.com/products/system/4U/7046/SYS-7046A-3.cfm

This beast will take up to 192GB of RAM, and it looks as if it might be state of the art for at least a couple of years (cough - cough).

Also the HP server line looks interesting - I just don't know enough to know whether "servers" are compatible as workstations for AE CS5 and up. Anyone using any of these? Thanks.

Joe Bourke
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Bourke Media
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Dave LaRondeRe: Anyone using Xeon workstations for CS5?
by on Apr 15, 2011 at 3:50:08 pm

At home I have an HP 800 workstation, 24 GB RAM. I like it.

Since I use Macs at work, it's annoying that can't work in ProRes 422 on it. But that's what image sequences are for, I guess.

Dave LaRonde
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KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Anyone using Xeon workstations for CS5?
by on Apr 15, 2011 at 6:10:02 pm

Thanks Dave -

What Adobe packages are you primarily using on the HP? I'm planning on using the CS5 (soon to be 5.5 upgrade) Master Suite, focusing mostly on AE, Premiere, Photoshop, and Soundbooth (soon to be Audition), plus Terragen 2 (a real RAM hog), 3DS Max 2011, and that's about it.

I'm just curious what you've found in your experience to be problems, or tweaks you've made. What video card are you using? Thanks.

Joe Bourke
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Bourke Media
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Dave LaRondeRe: Anyone using Xeon workstations for CS5?
by on Apr 15, 2011 at 7:01:17 pm

I've got Production Premium CS4 and AE 10. Since I don't do any heavy editing, I just have a 1 TB internal drive for user files. I can limp along on it, and add a RAID if necessary.

I'm still trying to tweak the AE multiprocessing to get it right. For now, it's fine for me and my 30-second spots at maximum resolution of 1920x1080. For a video card, I have an Nvidia Quadro 2000-something; Open GL doesn't count for AE, so for me it's not that big a deal.

I'd look at the beefier Nvidia Quadro 4000-something card if I were running Premiere CS5 and planned on a lot of video editing. The Cuda technology is really something. I've seen Premiere play 5 layers of DVCPro HD video with no rendering necessary on a not-very-exotic Mac with such a card installed. Okay, it had a esata RAID, but that was about as exotic as it got.

Hope that helps.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: Anyone using Xeon workstations for CS5?
by on Apr 15, 2011 at 7:49:58 pm

It's a tricky one, but thanks Dave. Most of what I'm currently doing involves lots of graphics from AE CS4, going into Premiere along with Camtasia software captures. So I'm lucky if I've got 4 layers going in Premiere. Right now, my dual-quad is doing just fine handling the workload, pretty much in real time, at 1920 x 1080. But the wrinkle is that I just bought the CS5 Master Collection, and I want to get the upgrade to CS5.5, so I think the old quad core is going to become my desktop machine, and part of a little render farm for 3DS Max.

I just want to be ready for any crunch work, and I'm currently working on a 3D Studio project that is very render-intensive, so it's sort of a dual purpose machine I'm looking at getting. I think the HP looks like a pretty good fit. Thanks again.

Joe Bourke
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Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Michael SzalapskiRe: Anyone using Xeon workstations for CS5?
by on Apr 15, 2011 at 4:51:03 pm

I've worked with CS5 on HP xw8600 workstations and loved it.

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Jon BaggeRe: Anyone using Xeon workstations for CS5?
by on Apr 16, 2011 at 7:25:21 pm

Or you can look at Dell T5500 or T7500 workstations.
I have a T7500 which has 12 memory slots (if you have two processors).

Dell or HP workstation or a Mac Pro are all good solid machines.

You might want to look at refurbished if you're trying to save money, these things aren't cheap.

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