The ultimate PC graphics machine

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by David Cramp, Oct 13, 2004.

  1. David Cramp

    David Cramp Guest

    What would the 'ultimate' PC machine based on current technology be for home
    based post production photo editing(PhotoShop CS heavy Mb batch processing)
    and video editing (Adobe Premiere). Someone suggests me a Zeon multiple
    processor motherboard (up to four I believe) server with one or more Gb per
    chip memory with RAID etc etc. that would run with XP Professional. Graphics
    card to suit it?

    What is the dream machine to blow the G5 away? Any specs recommendations.
    Let's keep it around $US2.5k.
     
    David Cramp, Oct 13, 2004
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  2. << What is the dream machine to blow the G5 away? >>

    Mac G6

    Conrad Weiler
    Camp Sherman, Oregon
     
    Conrad Weiler, Oct 13, 2004
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  3. David Cramp

    Stuart Guest

    AMD Opterons are better and cheaper than Zeons, also Nvidia have a range
    of professional 2D cards.

    Stuart
     
    Stuart, Oct 15, 2004
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  4. David Cramp

    Peadge Guest

    To even come close to "blowing away" the Mac G5, you MUST have a 64-bit
    unit. No 32-bit PC can come close. However, some 32-bit PCs may be able to
    "suck away" the G5! ;-) Alas, Dell now makes a 64-bit workstation that uses
    Intel's Xeon processor with extended memory that can accommodate up to 16 GB
    of RAM!! The Precision 670 is unique in that it supports both 32-bit and
    64-bit Operating Systems and applications. So it makes for a great
    transitional unit. Prices start @ $1700. Microsoft has a free trial version
    of Widows XP 64-bit edition you can download from
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/64bit/evaluation/upgrade.mspx

    Peadge :)
     
    Peadge, Oct 24, 2004
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  5. David Cramp

    jjs Guest

    Why? Got metrics?
    Why only 16GB? Should be lots more than that.
     
    jjs, Oct 24, 2004
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  6. David Cramp

    Peadge Guest

    The amount of RAM is tied directly to the bit rate of the unit. 32-bit
    machines have a theoretical ceiling of 4 gigabytes. 64-bit have a ceiling of
    16 GB.

    Peadge :)
     
    Peadge, Oct 24, 2004
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  7. David Cramp

    jjs Guest

    It's a bit bit early to espouse a 64-bit OS for Most of Us. Most
    applications operate in 32-bit and still cannot access more than 1.8gb, and
    schleping around a 64-bit word is very expensive in terms of overhead. It's
    not free.
     
    jjs, Oct 24, 2004
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  8. David Cramp

    Stuart Guest

    I see you are getting sucked into Dells PR bollocks, The Precision 670
    is not unique in its support for both 32-bit and 64-bit, AMD 64-bit
    chips have been capable of that since they were first made. It may be
    unique because it is the first system to ship with Windows XP 64-bit
    edition.

    Stuart
     
    Stuart, Oct 25, 2004
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  9. David Cramp

    Stuart Guest


    Actually that is more like 16 Tb not Gb. 16 Gb is a software limit not
    the theoretical hardware limit.

    Stuart
     
    Stuart, Oct 25, 2004
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  10. David Cramp

    Stuart Guest

    Apologies I was wrong this is what it can access. A 64-bit computer can
    address 16 exabytes of memory. (An exabyte is 1,000 petabytes, a
    petabyte is 1,000 terabytes and a terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes.)

    So I slightly underestimated the maximum.

    Stuart
     
    Stuart, Oct 25, 2004
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  11. David Cramp

    Xalinai Guest

    Correct order: kilo, mega, giga, tera, exa, peta

    Michael
     
    Xalinai, Oct 25, 2004
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  12. David Cramp

    Odysseus Guest

    The last two should be switched; Stuart had the order right. But if
    you're describing powers of two instead of of ten (more precisely 1024 =
    2^10 instead of 1000 = 10^3), the official prefixes are kibi-, mebi-,
    gibi-, tebi-, pebi-, & exbi-. The "bi" stands for "binary". The
    abbreviations are mostly the same as for the corresponding multiple of a
    thousand in SI, but followed with a lowercase "i": 1 kB = 1000 bytes,
    but 1KiB (note that the "K" is capitalized, unlike the SI prefix) = 1024
    bytes.

    So 16 exabytes (16 EB) = 16000 petabytes = 1.6*10^19 bytes, but the
    address space of a 64-bit register is 2^64 bytes = 16 exbibytes (16 EiB)
    = 16384 pebibytes ~= 1.85*10^19 bytes, about fifteen percent more.

    See <http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/binary.html>.
     
    Odysseus, Oct 25, 2004
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