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    Hardware requirements for GS3.0?

    Sorry if this issue has been touched already elsewhere, but I wonder what the hardware requirements are for running GS3.0.
    Specifically I\'d like to know if GSIF-compatibility is still needed. If so, are current GSIF-compatible audio cards working with Version 2.5 still ok, or does one have to wait until the card manufacturers provide driver updates?
    Thanks in advance for any information.
    Jens

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    Re: Hardware requirements for GS3.0?

    Hi Jens,

    GSIF...still required
    GSIF2...required to use audio-input features

    Efficiency...slightly more efficient than GS2.x on the same hardware, but options exist which can use a lot more CPU--VST hosting, convolution engine, etc.

    Hope that helps in short form...

    Bruce

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    Re: Hardware requirements for GS3.0?

    Bruce,

    Been waiting for GS3 to re-build my older of my two giga puters. My newer giga puter is:

    2.8 hz
    2 gig ram
    gigabit LAN
    2 - 160 Raid Drives

    Would this still be good for my re-build as you understand GS3 today? I know a lot could change in the next 3-4 months, but what do you think?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Hardware requirements for GS3.0?

    About all you\'ll have left is the case! Is it really worth rebuilding a Giga machine?

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    Re: Hardware requirements for GS3.0?

    Hey Nick,

    THAT case has sentelmental importance to me [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

    Good point, though - maybe I\'ll start over. What do you think will be the \'idea\' GS3 machine (within financial reason).

    Rob

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    Re: Hardware requirements for GS3.0?

    Jim Van Buskirk told me no Pentium 3 for GS3. Doesn\'t mean it won\'t run, I suppose. I\'m just going by what the lead programmer says. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: Hardware requirements for GS3.0?

    Originally posted by synthetic:
    Dual processors won\'t be supported right away, maybe in the future.
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">So, while we\'re at it, why don\'t we get this thread started right away:

    Angry Poster: HELP!!! GS3 won\'t run on my 5GHz PVII... what a piece of crap!!!

    Tech Support: Make sure hyperthreading is turned off in the BIOS for HT-capable CPUs

    There, your first post for the new support forum. Who should I send the bill to? [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    - Keith

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    Re: Hardware requirements for GS3.0?

    There are lots of conflicting messages about whether GS3 will run on a PIII, and I for one am finding this frustrating. If Bruce says that its MORE CPU-efficient than GS2 (not counting the extras) and GS2 runs happily on a PIII 700 or so, then how come GS3 wouldn\'t? I don\'t get it.

    Of course there are PIIIs and PIIIs - when the first generation of PIVs came out, a lot of tests showed them running slower than well-spec\'d PIIIs, for various reasons. Can there really be any basis for saying Giga definitively WILL run on a 1.6 ghz PIV, but won\'t on a 1.4 Ghz PIII?

    Its certainly going to be a bit rough for a lot of people if 2.8 Ghz is their minimum spec. That\'s harsh - I don\'t know any other audio software around that makes such demands as a minimum.

    Mind you I\'ve always felt people over-estimate the requirements of GS2. I have a friend who has it running well and stable, loading eight or so instruments on a PII 350! (He may well be able to load more, we haven\'t tried).

    So we\'ll see. I suppose if one can\'t run the extras - plugins, gigapulse etc - due to hardware limitations, then there\'s not much point in upgrading anyway.

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    Re: Hardware requirements for GS3.0?

    MIDI rules (alternation, legato, etc.) will work with a current GSIF-1 MIDI driver. The kernel-level MIDI driver will require GSIF-2. That just means if your MIDI interface is GSIF-2, your latency will be even lower than in GS2. In other words, really, really low. Just think about a note and it starts playing.... [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: Hardware requirements for GS3.0?

    Ahh. That was my assumption.

    Very cool. We can do everything we can do now with a normal MIDI driver.

    We can use the new MIDI rules will our existing drivers.

    We get even lower latency with the new driver.

    So, a big win for people with their existing drivers, and an additional win for people who get updated drivers.

    No losers.

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