Dual Core CPUs: Worth it for Live Yet?

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Dual Core CPUs: Worth it for Live Yet?

Post by InvizibleKid » Sat Feb 04, 2006 1:51 pm

I'm about to update my ageing PC and at the moment an Athlon64 X2 system is at the top of my list. I'm curious though, will there be much of a benefit yet in Live from running a dual core CPU? I've read that multitasking is the only real area where there will be a good performance advantage until software starts supporting these CPUs, but running lots of plug-ins in Live isn't really multitasking, is it? Are there plans for Live 6 to be optimised for dual core technology?

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Post by subterFUSE » Sat Feb 04, 2006 2:35 pm

Live 6 is slated to add dual-core capability.

But Live 6 is not due out until this summer.


If you can wait, there will likely be a better CPU from AMD and/or Intel by this summer. So, since you can't take advantage of dual-core until then.... patience could be the best policy.
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Post by CWoodOne » Sat Feb 04, 2006 4:04 pm

I have an Athlon X2 and I've noticed some really significant differences even with the current Live. I use a lot of VI's and plugins, and the sound would crackle and pop when I got to 65% CPU on a single processor box. On the dual core, I can go out to 90-95%, which is really a lot more headroom.
On Cubase SX3, I can run pretty much every plugin and VI I have at the same time and still keep going -- if Live multithreads as well as Cubase does now, it's going to be fantastic.

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Post by nebulae » Sat Feb 04, 2006 4:35 pm

I concur with waiting and patience. It's not just that Live 6 will come out this summer, it's also that you have no idea what bugs and issues will come with Live 6. Of course, the Abes work really hard to release a solid build, but look at the number of issues that keep coming up with each new release of Live as feature sets increase. Live 6 will be no different, so my advice is to wait a bit, get Live 6, and see what the best processor option is at that point.

If you want to update your aging PC, spend like $150 now and get a mobo+athlon upgrade...you can get in the 3-4ghz range for REAL cheap, and that should keep you happy for a while.

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Post by marsh240sx » Sat Feb 04, 2006 5:34 pm

more time to save for whatevers top at the time..
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Post by InvizibleKid » Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:16 am

I'm pretty desperate to upgrade my CPU, which means new mobo and RAM, but does anyone know what the chances are of these next gen CPUs using the same socket (939) on the motherboard? Maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea to get a cheaper 939 pin CPU for the moment and upgrade it later in the year if those chips will be compatible.

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Post by HD1 » Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:26 am

nebulae wrote:I concur with waiting and patience. It's not just that Live 6 will come out this summer, it's also that you have no idea what bugs and issues will come with Live 6. Of course, the Abes work really hard to release a solid build, but look at the number of issues that keep coming up with each new release of Live as feature sets increase. Live 6 will be no different, so my advice is to wait a bit, get Live 6, and see what the best processor option is at that point.

If you want to update your aging PC, spend like $150 now and get a mobo+athlon upgrade...you can get in the 3-4ghz range for REAL cheap, and that should keep you happy for a while.
good advice, I'll find it hard to take it tho. But like you say, maybe I'll pick up a cheap one for the mean time

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