Dual Core vs. Quad Core

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Post by Shoma » Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:20 am

nebulae wrote:
Shoma wrote:I wonder why the quads were released so soon after the dual cores....Maybe we will have next CPU with 8 cores in 1 year
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Post by noisetonepause » Sun Aug 26, 2007 11:27 am

redpunk wrote:but the power consumption and paybill after 1 year intensive use of a QC = ? if only used for audio, ok, but most people play games etc..surf the net with a quadcore not uttilized at all anymore...suking power for nothing, hmm...they need to do someting about this problem of sucking power for nothing thingy...
I don't think the dual cores draw as much power as you'd think, certainly not 2x single core (like a traditional dual processor system does). I'm quite sure the same goes for quadcores, ie. nothing like a 4x increase.
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Post by wilxon » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:08 pm

the quad core has double the amount of cores in it.

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Post by Jan Holm » Sun Aug 26, 2007 8:42 pm

Or we could all hold our horses until this baby hits the street

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Post by darkenedsoul » Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:14 pm

A dual core should be enough to handle most stuff folks are doing. Unless someone has some stats to show running a reasonable config of VSTi/plugins for reasonably complex music (no dj stuff here please) and comparisons between the two to show difference I'd rather go with the E6750 or better yet the fastest E6850 stock speed. When are the quads going to get their FSB bumped up? If really soon perhaps I'd wait but I bet price-wise they'd be up there still.

I have been looking/going back and forth on this for a month or two now on building a new DAW/Game system. Video = 8800GTS 320M or 640M for one (no SLI), Gigabyte GA-P35C-DS3R (I think) as it takes both DDR2 667/800/1066 and DDR3 1066/1333 memory (either or, not both) for 4 and 2 slots respectively. So I have best of both worlds, go w/2Gb 1066 DDR2, update to DDR3 later with an E6850 CPU stock speed or E6750 overclocked to around 3Ghz.

As for cases, not sure. Same for audio, go with M-Audio gear (PCI) or some other respected/worthy manufacturer for a PCI card w/breakout box connections for 1/4", 1/8", MIDI, SP/DIF (don't use it at this time), etc...what options reasonably priced (i.e. ~$200-300 US)?

My concern is shortening lifespan of the components via overclocking. No matter how much you cool you are still stressing the components and could induce premature failures. That's my opinion of it.

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Post by queglay » Fri Sep 21, 2007 1:51 am

im looking at getting the new shuttle barebone and putting a quad in it. looks small enough to gig with.


hope the latency is decent with external firewire cards. will prob get a lacie fw800 to help it along.

is anyone thinking about these barebones?
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Post by longjohns » Fri Sep 21, 2007 2:33 am

darkenedsoul wrote: go with M-Audio gear (PCI) or some other respected/worthy manufacturer


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