Rendering benchmarks, dual-vs-single CPU?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Gary, Oct 15, 2003.

  1. Gary

    Gary Guest

    Hi all,

    Thanks to those who responded to my req. for WinXP audio/video FAQ.
    Now I wonder whether dual CPU makes sense for a Vegas Video user such
    as myself. When I was just doing audio, everything I owned past a
    600MHZ P-II (I kid you not) was OK. But video rendering - too much of
    that and you could die before your project finishes. Right now I
    mostly render to VCD - OK laugh if you want but I don't have a DVD
    burner yet and have achieved "OK" results with VCD. I have rendered
    to SVCD and it was so slow that I went to VCD largely because of the

    Wondering what types of apples-2-apples comparisons anyone may have

    For reference let's assume we are using WinXP and a reasonably modern
    mobo, min 512 MB RAM and CPUs of 2.0 GHz or faster.

    Beyond that, where's the easiest gain in performance? More RAM?
    Faster CPU? Jolt Cola?
    Gary, Oct 15, 2003
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  2. Gary

    Keith Clark Guest

    While I doubt you need more ram - 512 seems like plenty for what I do and
    I'm a pretty heavy Photoshop user in addition to video rendering and
    gaming. You could benefit by going to dual channel DDR. It has a big
    increase in throughput.

    Faster CPU - the CPU is the #1 bottleneck in rendering. You'll really
    benefit by going with one that supports hyperthreading. Dual CPU's in this
    day and age means dual Xeon's and it's generally debatable whether the
    drastic price delta for a dual Xeon motherboard vs a Pentium 4 motherboard
    is justified.

    I find that a Pentium 4 "C", 2.4 GHz, running at 3.2 GHz gives plenty of
    performance with headroom left over for other things (I've been known to
    play 3D games while I render and neither is adversely affected).

    Oh, try Red Bull instead of Jolt. It's a smoother ride. :->

    Keith Clark, Oct 15, 2003
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