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flazza
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

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Insane since: Jan 2005

IP logged posted posted 08-05-2006 17:21 Edit Quote

It arrived yesterday, runs like a dream

Dell Precision 490
Two Intel® Xeon® 5050 (3.0GHz,667,2x2MB) (shows up as 8 logical processors in task manager...)
2GB DDR2 533 Quad Channel FBD Memory (2x1GB)
128MB nVidia Quadro FX550 Graphics Card
160gb sata2 7,200rpm hd

The hard drive and graphics card are a little wimpy in comparision to the rest of the spec but that is because mainly I just wanted lots of raw processing power for rendering.
It renders 8 threads at a time in cinema4d (my 3d program of choice..).

mas
Maniac (V) Mad Librarian

From: the space between us
Insane since: Sep 2002

IP logged posted posted 08-05-2006 21:14 Edit Quote

hell yeah! now go and show us some of your new cinema4d stuff!

The Space Between Us | My Blog: lukas.grumet.at

flazza
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Jan 2005

IP logged posted posted 08-08-2006 14:51 Edit Quote

Going to download win xp pro 64bit & the 64bit drivers from dell and give it a spin

flazza
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Jan 2005

IP logged posted posted 08-08-2006 15:59 Edit Quote

question...

hopefully I will be able to find 64bit drivers for all of my hardware but in the eventuality that I cannot is it still possible to use the old 32bit ones?

aka, similar to when we use the nasty 16bit hd drivers used in compatability mode?

...sorry in advance if this is a stupid question

(Edited by flazza on 08-08-2006 16:08)

_Mauro
Maniac (V) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Jul 2005

IP logged posted posted 08-09-2006 09:32 Edit Quote

That's a totally pathetic question <insert evil grin here>

Just kiddin', it's rather wise to "think" before doing.
Answer a: afaik you won't find drivers for all of your hardware.
Answer b: yes, backwards compatibility is possible, and crappy.

All in all, some say Win64 is kewl, others say it doesn't get enough support -yet.

The rest is up to you.

flazza
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Jan 2005

IP logged posted posted 08-09-2006 16:38 Edit Quote

Meh, crashed twice during trying to install it last night...

Not very promising

Will give up for now & wait for vista

NoJive
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: The Land of one Headlight on.
Insane since: May 2001

IP logged posted posted 08-09-2006 16:51 Edit Quote

I guess my 800 celeron 500 mg of ram doesn't quite cut it any more. <lol>

Hey... but don't cry for me argentina.... one of my friends is running 3ooMhz & 64Mg of ram....and he just took it to the repair shop and spent 50 bucks putting it all in a new box!

Btw if I may be so nosey.... what did you pay for that machine?

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The goal in Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "holy moly what a ride!"

flazza
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Jan 2005

IP logged posted posted 08-09-2006 22:04 Edit Quote

£1,800

(Not including the chunk paid on after finance)

I think it was worth every penny though

Hugh
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Dublin, Ireland
Insane since: Jul 2000

IP logged posted posted 08-10-2006 14:32 Edit Quote

Without any experience, what I've heard is 64bit support for windows is awful and linux is still the only way to go to get the most from your chip as you can compile your software specifically to any chip 64bit dual core included.

flazza
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Jan 2005

IP logged posted posted 08-19-2006 23:26 Edit Quote

Some definate things to upgrade though...

I wasnt really aware of this at the time of ordering but I really should have gone with 4gb of ram build option as I am currently incurring a performance hit by the memory only operating in dual channel mode (266mhz instead of 533mhz that it SHOULD be, quite a bottleneck I think).

I also think I should get a proper sound card (current is onboard) as I have noticed in cinema that when rendering using all 8 cpu threads, sound in the music app that I am playing (winamp or mplayer) becomes garbled... I think I have the nasty kind of onboard sound that dumps all the work on the processor



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