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    Question what to choose: core 2 quad or duo ???

    What to choose now for a DAW ???
    Core 2 QUad Q6600 has 4 cores and 8MB cache but it has lotsa WAtts
    95-105W (two versions available)

    Core 2 Duo E6700, E6750 or E600, they all have 4MB cache, and only 65W...
    So I guess the temperature of core 2 duo is a lot cooler then core 2 quad...

    I'm thinking.... should I go Quad now ??? or buy core 2 duo now and after a year or something upgrade to some newer quad version which will be less warm ????

    What do You think ??? Is 8MB making very big difference to 4MB ???
    As a DAW... Do I need 4 cores now ???

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    Re: what to choose: core 2 quad or duo ???

    I have to say on my Mac Pro 2.66 it's refreshing to see my CPU's around 20% average doing what I'm doing now. For what I do this should keep me happy for a long time.

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    Re: what to choose: core 2 quad or duo ???

    Quote Originally Posted by lukpcn
    Do I need 4 cores now ???
    No. There is nothing out there to take advantage of it. Look how long it took for software developers to make use of hyper threading and some are lagging in 64 bit programming.

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    Re: what to choose: core 2 quad or duo ???

    Check out TomsHardware and Anandtech to see about overclocking. If the quads can be clocked as fast as the duos, you might as well get the quad. Otherwise, the duo is probably best for running lots of VST effects.

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    Re: what to choose: core 2 quad or duo ???

    Quote Originally Posted by kitekrazy
    No. There is nothing out there to take advantage of it. Look how long it took for software developers to make use of hyper threading and some are lagging in 64 bit programming.
    Sorry to be this frank, but this remark is rubbish. There are quite a
    few applications out there (for various fields) that are able to take
    advantage of multiple cpus/cores (>2)

    Even Cubase SX 2.2 could support 2 cores, from SX 3 on, at least 4
    cores are supported.

    Normally applications are either written to be single-processor/core
    or multi-threaded. If it is symmetric multi-threaded (meaning not
    heaving special threads for special purposes), most of the time it
    will be either 1-core or n-core (meaning that n can be any number).

    There might be a limit on how well the operating system may dispatch
    threads to idle cores/cpus, but I would figure that this would start
    making an impact when you have >8 cpus/cores.

    Apart from the DAW-area there are also quite a few applications
    (graphics, rendering, video-processing, telecommunications...) that
    are written for multi-threadíng for years now, being able to take
    advantage of multiple cpus/cores.

    As I'm a software engineer myself writing applications in the tele-
    communications-field for real-time voice-communications with
    lots of concurrent channels (>=240) I know what complexity is
    hidden behind this multi-core-stuff.

    It is definately more complex than single-threadded code, but
    it is no black magic either.

    Best regards,
    Tobias

    PS.: I will be getting a Q6600 next week for my Cubase 4 computer,
    which will probably be a big step up from my current Core2Duo (which
    was pretty fast already ;-)

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    Re: what to choose: core 2 quad or duo ???

    I'm running quadcore now with absolutely no problems at all. In fact, I haven't even bothered to stress-test it because even when writing a whole film score in one Sonar file, with tons and tons of VST effects and CPU-intensive Kontakt patches, each core never goes over 25%.
    Wilbert Roget, II
    Composer
    Rogetmusic.com

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    Re: what to choose: core 2 quad or duo ???

    The main problem is the heat... I don't want to have big noise in the unit because of the very hot CPU.....
    that's why I'm thinking about 2 cores.... and maybe if I wait I'll get some new version of 4 cores in 2008 ?

    I know that I can invest in water cooling but I don't want to becasue I've seen what happened with my friend's PC when one of the pipes broke down and there was flood inside

    Is Q6600 very hot running Cubase ????

    By the way... I came across the QX6600 in the net... what is it ? is it some kind of version of Q6600 ? Any1 knows that ?

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    Re: what to choose: core 2 quad or duo ???

    Quote Originally Posted by lukpcn
    By the way... I came across the QX6600 in the net... what is it ? is it some kind of version of Q6600 ? Any1 knows that ?
    "X" stands for "Extreme". It is a Core 2 Quadro Extreme. It seems to have some kind of optimized multithreading management.

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