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Thread: Dual Xeon Comparison




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    Okay, I thought you guys might be the best to ask on this.

    At work I do 3d architectural renderings of casino resorts and the sort. So I need the fastest machine possible... that can be leased :rolleyes2 Anyways, here's currently what we have at work, we upgraded about a year or so ago.

    Dell 530
    Dual P4 2.2 Xeon
    4G PC800 RDRAM
    (3) 18G 10K 160 SCSI HDs in RAID 0/1
    Wildcat 6110
    WinXP Pro SP1
    3DSMax 4.26
    finalRender Stage-0 (GI rendering engine)

    On the finalRender forums, someone was curious about the speeds of the computers the people were using, when rendering using finalRender. Someone provided a benchmark scene file and everyone started posting rendering times. I was rather disappointed with the performance of our machines. 17:22 This was about a month ago.

    Yesterday, I noticed a post from someone using this setup:

    Dual P4 2.4 Xeon
    2G DDR333 SDRAM
    (2) 36G 15K 320 SCSI HDs in RAID 0
    Wildcat 4110
    WinXP Pro SP1
    3DSMax 4.26
    finalRender Stage-0

    He produced a time of 12:06! That's like a 40% increase in speed. Basically, I know the systems aren't that close, but being as it's Max and should mostly be based off CPU speed. How come the times are so much different? Is there a large difference in the design of the 2.2 and 2.4? From looking at the machines, I could see how his would be a bit faster from the CPU speed, but the rest of the systems seems slower.... minus the HDs.

    Help me convince my work is worth while to spend $1000 to upgrade to dual 2.8. :bounce:

    Thanks!:cheers:
    Architectural Visualization Specialist

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    they didn't say whether the dual 2.4's Xeon's were running a 533mhz FSB that would make a huge difference as your dual 2.2ghz CPU's are only running a 400mhz FSB..

    if this test is truly CPU dependant that's the difference.

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    Further update, with some cleaned up times for different machines.

    12:53 Perico dual Xeon 2.4GHz 2GB DDR-Ram XP/max4.26/fr1.4
    14:55 Danko dual Athlon MP 2000+ 2GB DDR-Ram W2K/max5.0/fr1.5
    15:14 Guvur dual Athlon MP 1900+ 1GB ?-Ram OS?/max4.0/fr?
    16:01 Paul_Russam dual Athlon MP 1800+ 768MB DDR-Ram XP/max4.25/fr1.4
    17:06 Mark_Matthews dual Xeon 2.2Ghz 4GB PC800 RDRAM XP/max4.26/fr1.4

    I'm rather depressed....still....:cry: Since I'm the last one...

    My work still won't listen about switching to AMD, but I guess if I can get them to step up to 2.8's it might be nice for a while.
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    It's the FSB as 2.2GHz CPU's are 400QDR FSB units why the other is a 533QDR unit (2.26GHz is the 533QDR unit). Don't bother about the lower clocked Athlons there though as they do 9 instructions per cycle where as ya P4's only do 6 plus the Athlons have two extra FPU's so don't compare them to your's. ;)
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    So, I spoke with our IT guy. He said that the boards we currently have in the machines can't support 533, so would upgrading to the 2.8's really even be worth it... Or should I spend the extra time and money trying to convince them to switch to AMD?
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    nah just tell 'im to convince the guy in charge of purchasing to order in new boards :D
    <font size=1>Pentium 4 2.53GHz @ 3.515GHz (FSB: 185; VCore: 1.725)</font>
    <font size=1><a href="http://www.thermaltake.com/products/heatsink/v7plus.htm">ThermalTake Volcano 7+</a></font>
    <font size=1><a href="http://www.albatron.com.tw/product/PX845PEV_800.asp">Albatron PX845PEV-800</a></font>
    <font size=1>512MB Samsung DDR333 @ DDR370</font>
    <font size=1><a href="http://www.ati.com/products/pc/radeon9700pro/">Radeon 9700 Pro 128MB</a></font>
    <font size=1><a href="http://www.adaptec.com/worldwide/product/proddetail.html?prodkey=ASC-29160">Adaptec 29160 Ultra160 SCSI Controller</a></font>
    <font size=1><a href="http://www.seagate.com/cda/products/discsales/marketing/detail/0,1081,321,00.html">Seagate ST373405LW 73GB U160 SCSI</a></font>
    <font size=1>Enermax EG465P-VE 450watt PSU</font>
    <font size=1>CPU Temp (100%): 39 C; HDD Temp (100%): 31 C (100%); Chipset Temp (100%): 32 C</font>

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