LIVE 6 & 7 PERFORMANCE TEST - Results Here

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Post by rjs » Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:23 pm

1 ) CPU Meter 62% at peak, most of the time at 60%
2 ) Macbook Pro
3 ) OSX 10.4.11
4 ) Ableton Live 7.0.1
5 ) Intel Core2Duo 2.4ghz
6 ) 4gb memory
7 ) NI Audio Kontrol 1
8 ) 72000rpm HD
9 ) tracks: 8

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Post by Tarekith » Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:28 pm

R.J.Dubya wrote:
Tarekith wrote:1) Ableton Live CPU Meter: 56%
2) Laptop/Desktop? Make/Model: Laptop, Apple MacBook Pro
3) Operating System: OSX 10.5.1
4) Ableton Live version: Live 6.10
5) CPU Make, Model, and Speed: Core 2 Duo, 2.16gHz
6) Amount of Ram: 2GB
7) Soundcard: MOTU Ultralite, driver 1.4.4
8) Hard Disk Drive Speed: 5400 RPM
9) Number of playback tracks? 8 Tracks
Do you have Live 7 yet?

I'd be interested to see the comparison.
No, I'm jobless at the moment so I don't know when I'll be able to afford the upgrade. :( Sucks too as I was almost done with some demo tunes for Live 7 using all the new instruments as well.

If someone at Ableton wants to hook me up though :wink:
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Post by jngpng » Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:46 pm

1) Ableton Live CPU Meter: 63%
2) Laptop/Desktop? Make/Model: Laptop, Apple MacBook
3) Operating System: OSX 10.5.1
4) Ableton Live version: Live 7.01
5) CPU Make, Model, and Speed: Core Duo, 2 GHz
6) Amount of Ram: 2GB
7) Soundcard: RME Fireface 400, Drivers v2.60
8 ) Hard Disk Drive Speed: 7200 RPM
9) Number of playback tracks? 8 Tracks
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Macbook Pro, Fireface 400, Analog Shit

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Post by Timur » Tue Dec 04, 2007 10:53 pm

1) Ableton Live CPU Meter %51
2) Desktop: Asus A8N Premium, Nforce4
3) Windows XP
4) Ableton Live 6.10
5) A64 X2, 2.83 GHz
6) 2048mb RAM
7) M-Audio Audiophile 24/96, 5.10.00.0052
8) 10k RPM
9) 8 tracks

1) Ableton Live CPU Meter %52
2) Desktop: Asus A8N Premium, Nforce4
3) Windows XP
4) Ableton Live 7.01 / 7.0 Beta 21
5) A64 X2, 2.83 GHz
6) 2048mb RAM
7) M-Audio Audiophile 24/96, 5.10.00.0052
8) 10k RPM
9) 8 tracks

According to Windows Task Manager the real CPU load jumps between 47% and 61% with the average between 53% to 55%.
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Post by Timur » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:01 pm

1) Ableton Live CPU Meter %56
2) Desktop: Asus A8N Premium, NForce4
3) Windows XP
4) Ableton Live 6.10
5) A64 X2, 2.83 GHz
6) 2048mb RAM
7) NI Kore 1, v1.64, 1ms USB buffer, 12ms audio buffer (528 samples)
8) 10k RPM
9) 8 tracks

1) Ableton Live CPU Meter %58
2) Desktop: Asus A8N Premium, NForce4
3) Windows XP
4) Ableton Live 7.01 / 7.0 Beta 21
5) A64 X2, 2.83 GHz
6) 2048mb RAM
7) NI Kore 1, v1.64, 1ms USB buffer, 12ms audio buffer (528 samples)
8) 10k RPM
9) 8 tracks

Increasing USB buffers lowers CPU load considerably.
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Post by Timur » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:06 pm

1) Ableton Live CPU Meter %51
2) Desktop: Asus A8N Premium, Nforce4
3) Windows XP
4) Ableton Live 6.10
5) A64 X2, 2.83 GHz
6) 2048mb RAM
7) Creative X-Fi (Audio Creation Mode), v5.12.6.1187, 10ms audio buffer (440 samples)
10k RPM
9) 8 tracks

1) Ableton Live CPU Meter %53
2) Desktop: Asus A8N Premium, Nforce4
3) Windows XP
4) Ableton Live 7.01 / 7.0 Beta 21
5) A64 X2, 2.83 GHz
6) 2048mb RAM
7) Creative X-Fi (Audio Creation Mode), v5.12.6.1187, 10ms audio buffer (440 samples)
10k RPM
9) 8 tracks

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Re: LIVE 6 & 7 PERFORMANCE TEST - Results Here

Post by Nogi » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:11 pm

L7:

1) Ableton Live CPU Meter % [ 28% ]
2) Laptop/Desktop? Make/Model? [ Asus p5N-E nVidia 650i ]
3) Operating System? [ XP Pro sp2 ]
4) Ableton Live version? [ 7.0.1 ]
5) CPU Make, Model, and Speed? [ Intel Core2Quad Q6600 ]
6) Amount of Ram? [ 2 GB ]
7) Soundcard (and driver version if you know it)? [ Tascam FW-1082 ]
8) Hard Disk Drive Speed (if you know)? [ 7200 rpm ]
9) Number of playback tracks? [ 8 ]

and L6:

1) Ableton Live CPU Meter % [ 28% ]
2) Laptop/Desktop? Make/Model? [ Asus p5N-E nVidia 650i ]
3) Operating System? [ XP Pro sp2 ]
4) Ableton Live version? [ 6.0.10 ]
5) CPU Make, Model, and Speed? [ Intel Core2Quad Q6600 ]
6) Amount of Ram? [ 2 GB ]
7) Soundcard (and driver version if you know it)? [ Tascam FW-1082 ]
8) Hard Disk Drive Speed (if you know)? [ 7200 rpm ]
9) Number of playback tracks? [ 8 ]

Same result.
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Post by Timur » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:12 pm

Interesting to see that the Beta 21 shows almost no performance penalty to the 7.01 Demo although it still writes Report files like all Betas before. But with a CPU load of less than 60% there should be plenty of free time left for writing those reports anyway.

Another interesting result is that the CoreQuad at 2.4 GHz runs at 28% while the Xeon Duo at 2.66 GHz runs at 30%.

Tarekith, even if you cannot afford the update yet, why don't you use the Demo for the performance test?

At least on Windows XP the difference between Live 6 and Live 7 seems to be about 1.5% more CPU load on Live 7.
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Post by Machinesworking » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:17 pm

1 ) CPU Meter 60% at peak
2 ) Macbook Pro
3 ) OSX 10.4.11
4 ) Ableton Live 6.10
5 ) Intel Core2Duo 2.4ghz
6 ) 4gb memory
7 ) built in soundcard
8 ) 72000rpm 200GB HD
9 ) tracks: 8[/quote]

Interested to see if Leopard actually helps here. I should have significantly better results than Tarekith as well as the other guy with the 2.4 machine? :?

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Post by Machinesworking » Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:30 pm

Just for fun, Same test with 10 tracks is 70%, 11 tracks causes dropouts.

To me anyway, to failure tests are the best. You can't get any real information off of Live's CPU meter, just an approximation.

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Post by Timur » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:10 am

Both versions can run upto 16 tracks without regular dropouts on my Audiophile setup with Live 6 at 84% and Live 7 at 86%. But Live 7 can already drop out occassionaly with 16 tracks (differs from run to run). Both versions GUI become very chopy at 20 tracks, but Live 6's GUI stays a bit more smooth at 19 tracks. I tend to say that Live 6 allows one more track than Live 7, or maybe "half" a track.
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Post by Tarekith » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:25 am

Timur wrote:Tarekith, even if you cannot afford the update yet, why don't you use the Demo for the performance test?
I was just busy earlier and didn't think about using the demo, here's the results running Live 7.01:

1) Ableton Live CPU Meter: 59%
2) Laptop/Desktop? Make/Model: Laptop, Apple MacBook Pro
3) Operating System: OSX 10.5.1
4) Ableton Live version: Live 7.01
5) CPU Make, Model, and Speed: Core 2 Duo, 2.16gHz
6) Amount of Ram: 2GB
7) Soundcard: MOTU Ultralite, driver 1.4.4
8) Hard Disk Drive Speed: 5400 RPM
9) Number of playback tracks? 8 Tracks
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Post by kuniklo » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:26 am

1) Ableton Live CPU Meter: 49%
2) Laptop/Desktop? Make/Model: iMac 20"
3) Operating System: OSX 10.5.1
4) Ableton Live version: Live 7.01
5) CPU Make, Model, and Speed: Core Duo, 2.4 GHz
6) Amount of Ram: 2GB
7) Soundcard: built-in
8) Hard Disk Drive Speed: 7200 RPM
9) Number of playback tracks? 8 Tracks

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Post by Timur » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:28 am

Tarekith wrote: 1) Ableton Live CPU Meter: 58-59%
"(if it bounces around, please list the peak)" :P

Interesting again, a 2.4 GHz Core2Duo on Leopard shows about the same load as a 2.8x GHz A64 X2 on XP. As far as I know the 2.4 GHz C2D should roughly be equal performing to the 2.8 GHz X2, so the OS and Firewire vs USB solutions seem to be on par. That's nice to know for me because that means once I buy me a Macbook Pro I will be able to use the same sets on both machines.
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Post by Tarekith » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:32 am

Happy now? Sheesh, tough crowd here! :lol:
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