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Old 04-06-2008, 11:33 AM
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Default What would you do? 2.66 or 8 Core?

I have a dilemma everyone? I am purchasing an HD3 rig and would like everyones advice on which machine I use. I have a Mac Pro 2.66 that will run Tiger and a brand new 8 Core that of course is Leopard only. Which would you use and why? What is the current state of things with Leopard, 8 Cores, and HD rigs? Anyone with experience on this would be greatly appreciated!

Also, I hear that 10.5.3 is right around the corner. I know that 10.5.2 is a no no according to Digi. What's the outlook for 10.5.3?
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:26 PM
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Default Re: What would you do? 2.66 or 8 Core?

I have had PT HD Accell 3 years now in a G5.

In two days I am getting an 8 2.8 core Mac Pro. I have also bought the Magma expansion chassis to go along.

That way I can continue to use my PCI cards which are just as powerful as the PCIe.

If I were to buy a pro tools system today I would do this:

Buy a used HD 3 Accell PCI on Ebay. IT is sooo much cheaper as everyone wants pcie. Then I'd get a new mac and a Magma. Now here's the deal: Since NO ONE wanna have the pci cards anymore they are selling those cheap on ebay. This way you can in one year or already 2day get a HD Accell process card for $1000 or less. With pci you are limited to HD|3 - as there is NO expansion yet for pcie as far as I know. Which every way - it is cheaper and just as powerful to go PCI. So that is what I am doing and would do.
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:19 PM
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Default Re: What would you do? 2.66 or 8 Core?

your missing he fact that the PCI core card never was released as an Accell version

so the PCI HD3 is 1 HD core and 2 HD Accell
so yes the HD3 PCIe is more powerful by 60% on the core alone
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:06 PM
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Default Re: What would you do? 2.66 or 8 Core?

You're right. But don't forget that the accel PCI cards are more powerful than the PCIe.
In fact the the PCI accel cards have 2 100MHz chips and 7 220Mhz chips, while the PCIe have 3 100Mhz chips and only 6 that run at 220MHz.
Therefore an HD3 PCI has 4380 Mflops while a PCIe sys has 4860
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:38 PM
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Default Re: What would you do? 2.66 or 8 Core?

I am seeking stability based advice here...Not so much power. Really concerned about the state of Leopard and the 8 Core machines. If things are looking positive I won't hesitate, but I was kinda hoping to hear from some people who are using HD rigs and Leopard/ 8 Core Macs....
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your missing he fact that the PCI core card never was released as an Accell version

so the PCI HD3 is 1 HD core and 2 HD Accell
so yes the HD3 PCIe is more powerful by 60% on the core alone

Well, if you are to trust what digi says about the power increase on pcie - then there is NO REAL difference. I suggest you read their specs rather than take my word for it
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Anyone have any advice on topic? Thanks!
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