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Video Editing? AMD Athlon 64FX-55 2.6ghz or Athlon 64X2 400??

Discussion in 'AMD Thunderbird' started by Dutch, Jul 29, 2006.

  1. Dutch

    Dutch Guest

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am in a bit of a quandry and ask for your guidance.

    I am in the process of building myself a video editing box for use with
    Adobe Premier. The box itself is going to have 4 gigs of memory and a
    mid-range, 256mb video card since I am told that video rendering occurs
    mostly on the processor.

    I am looking at the AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 2.6ghz or an Athlon 64 X2 4400
    processor. There is a significant difference in price, but thats not my
    primary concern.

    The bottom line, for video editing, I see that the FX-55 does not have a
    dual-core processor while the Athlon 64X2 does. Am I correct that I am
    better off in terms of performance for my particular application with the
    dual core. . . or not?

    Advice is greatly appreciated.

    The Flying Dutchman
    Dutch, Jul 29, 2006
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  2. Dutch

    Ed Light Guest

    Get a dual core. If your present app doesn't take advantage of it, a future
    version likely will. Plus, if your app just uses one core you can carry on
    with other things using the 2nd core.

    Or you can lower the app's thread priority in Task Manager in order to do
    other things.
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    Ed Light Guest

    Of course, I mean while rendering.

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  4. AMD has stopped production of the X2 4400+ as well as all other A64s with
    1M caches with the single exception of the FX62. You'll be much better off
    with an Intel Core2 Duo system. The Core2 Duos have 4M of cache and run
    rings around the A64s especially on multimedia tasks. The Core2s have just
    come out and are a little hard to find. MonarchComputer told me that they
    will start offering them next week.
    General Schvantzkoph, Jul 29, 2006
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    Martik Guest

    Unfortunately, the Core2 MB is double the cost of a S939 board and you will
    have to replace ddr with ddr2 ram.
    Martik, Jul 31, 2006
  6. What about the ati RD 600?

    Do you think it come to production once the amd -ati merger have
    happen? I ask you because of the chipmakers rivalry

    I`ve readed in an article it will cost 160 usd

    foreign steel, Jul 31, 2006
  7. A dual-core is indeed what you want. Perfect time to purchase one too in
    that Intel's new Core2Duo release has the prices on all CPU's plummeting.
    While AMD has stopped production on their socket 939 and AM2 processors with
    2MB of L2 cache (1MB/core) - they are widely available online with the many
    resellers. Here's a link to the best buy I could find on the CPU you want -
    the x2 4800+:

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=80728-R $355

    For your application (video editing) - the 1MB of L2 cache/core is
    beneficial. AMD has stopped production of these CPU's to help them cut
    their production costs/CPU. Most real-world apps don't suffer from the loss
    of cache memory with AMD because of their efficient memory controllers, but
    your application does indeed benefit from higher L2 cache. Lucky you! The
    online retailers are looking to flush out these chips from their inventory
    and have slashed prices. In February '06 this CPU was $850 at NewEGG.
    Socket 939 is a mature/reliable platform and will serve you well over the
    next 24 months as the industry prepares for quad-cores and AMD moves to a
    65nm production process. With Socket 939, you won't need to upgrade your
    mobo and buy DDR2 memory either.

    Here's a recommemndation for your video box:

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+
    ASUS A8N5X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131569
    OCZ Platinum 2GB (2x1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227210 $169

    Good Luck!

    My rig:
    Silverstone TJ-03 / SST-ST60F 600W Modular / Foxconn C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H /
    FX-62 / CNPS9500 AM2 / 2Gb Mushkin XP DDR2 800 @ 4-4-3-10 / eVGA 7900GTX SC
    / WD 74GB Raptor / 2 - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB / Plextor PX-716SA
    /ASUS DVD-ROM / Creative X-FI Platinum / Klipsch Promedia 2.1 / Saitek Gamer
    / Razer Copperhead / XP Pro SP2
    Chinook's FURY, Jul 31, 2006
  8. Dutch

    VanShania Guest

    Adobe's Premeire Elements 2 is dual core ready. You can download a trial
    version and it will tell you if its using 1 core or 2 cores in bottom left
    corner I believe.

    Sapphire X1600 Pro 512mb AGP
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    Gigabyte GA-K8NSC-939 nForce3, A64 3500+, Stock Cooler IdleTemp 28 C
    2 Gb Dual Channel PC3200 OCZ Platinum 2-3-2-5 CL2.5
    Viewsonic A91f 19in Moniter
    2XSATA WD 320gb Raid Edition, PATA WD 120Gb HD
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    Cheap computer speakers with Sennheiser HD 477 Headphones

    3DMark05Free-Overall-3134 1024X768, 4XAA/8XAF 6.4Drivers
    Cpu - 4405
    3Dmark2001 - 8702 4XAA/8XAF 1280X1024

    Games I'm Playing- IL-2 Sturmovick Series
    Empire Earth 2, Need For Speed: Underground 2,
    Civ IV, Warhammer 40,000 Gold
    VanShania, Jul 31, 2006
  9. Best answer I can give you is "maybe"... It's been a long time since I used
    Premier, and I was never really big into video editing so I'm not familiar
    with how much time Adobe actually spent to optimizing that application to
    run on multiple cores. While normally I'm all for AMD, if you're building
    this system now it might be worth it to check out Core2 processors. They
    generally perform much better than anything AMD has right now at just about
    every price level. If you want something from AMD that will over competitive
    performance you're probably going to end up waiting at least a few months
    for new silicon to hit the streets. If you're mind is made up on AMD (or has
    been made for you) then I'd say just Google for premier benchmarks and see
    how different system configurations perform.
    Carlo Razzeto, Aug 1, 2006
  10. Dutch

    Martik Guest

    Yes I do, but it's still double the cost. Of course, next year it will be in
    line with the S939 prices.
    Martik, Aug 3, 2006
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