Opteron dual/ dual core rig anyone?

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Richard, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. Richard

    Richard Guest

    I have in the last few days run this question over on the
    comp.publish.prepress NG but had very little response so as I need to
    move on this project very soon am taking the liberty of trying here

    I'm looking for some advise and feedback from others who may have dipped
    their toes in the Opteron pond. I'm looking to putting together rather
    than buying a dual, dual core Opteron rig for heavy duty Photoshop work
    with file sizes going up to several gigs at times. In the past we have
    always used Matrox cards and have been well pleased with them but what
    would be the best graphics card to use in this planned rig?

    As far as the basics are concerned it will use the fastest Seagate SCSI
    drives with one dedicated to OS, one for paging file, one for PS scratch
    drive, one for work in progress and something large and slower and
    cheaper for longer term storage. Yes plenty of ram and the expectation
    of using a software ram drive to provide a very fast small initial PS
    scratch drive. Likely MB will be the Tyan Thunder with SCSI on board.

    Are there going to be driver problems trying to run on a 64 bit OS at
    this time or is it best to stick to 32 bit? All advise welcome and
    no we want to stick with PC's for the heavy lifting here<G>


    Richard, Nov 14, 2005
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    Henrik Tived Guest

    Hi Richard,

    I recently build a Dual processor Opteron, though haven't jumped for the
    dual core yet, so I am only using two 250's
    it is build soly to be my digital darkroom. using it on a Tyan S2895 w/scsi
    u320 I have some 15k seagates disks in 36, 73 and 300Gb
    dual graphics cards in my case two Nvidia Quadro FX 3400. and 8gb of ecc
    running windows xp x64

    it has been rock solid, though I have only used it for batch processing, as
    there currently are no color calibration software available for win xp x64,
    though GretagMacBeth, should have some in the new year (keeping my fingers
    crossed :) )

    I am hoping to upgrade sometime in the new year to dual core, though the
    machine seems very smooth as it is.

    I have, drivers for everything now, execpt to the above.

    I probably jumped for it a bit too fast, and paid a premium

    but it is a great beast :)



    PS: I have two Dell 2405FPW 24' screens connected as well
    Henrik Tived, Nov 15, 2005
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    Richard Guest

    In his posting of Tue, 15 Nov 2005, Henrik Tived writes
    Dear Henrik

    That's more like it <BG> I am really only interested in this new rig
    running Photoshop but I do need it to be in a fully colour managed
    workflow, though I could run it under 32 bit for a bit. My thoughts
    have also strayed towards putting in a quad dual core Mum board.
    Perhaps fit just a couple of CPU's for a start and then when they get
    cheaper put in a couple more.....any thoughts? Perhaps PS cannot cope
    with more than a couple of dual core dual CPU's.


    Richard, Nov 16, 2005
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    Henrik Tived Guest

    Hi Richard,

    Don't know if PS can use more the two cores, but I am sure that if any new
    versions coming up will. When you move to four cpus you have to consider
    your OS, as you will need something like windows2003server x64 or the likes

    32bit windows only support up to 4gb atm, if you fit 8gb it won't boot! at
    least mine doesn't


    Henrik Tived, Nov 17, 2005
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    Richard Guest

    In his posting of Thu, 17 Nov 2005, Henrik Tived writes
    Dear Henrik

    Interesting thoughts...thanks. I will follow this up. I'm rather
    surprised that you are the only one here who has an Opteron rig.


    Richard, Nov 17, 2005
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    Rick Koelsch Guest


    I built a dual AMD Opteron 242 1.60Ghz. with 2.oo GB or RAM, also
    incorporated a NVIDIA GeForce 6200 vidoe card with 256 mb of ram. I have
    not had any problems with drivers for anything I have installed. This
    machine seemingly will handle any files I tried to open (not sure how
    large of files you are referring to). I am using two standard access
    hardrives (30 GB each) and have been having fairly fast access to my
    files, and superfast processing. Altogether, I would say I'm happy with
    this system outside of the fact that it's a little noisy with about 5
    fans, you can definitley hear it, but after a while I guess you get used
    to it. I'm obviously not a real techy, but can try to answer any
    questions you might have regarding my experience with this machine.
    Best Regards, Rick
    Rick Koelsch, Dec 10, 2005
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