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    P4 or Athlon 64?

    Hi!
    I'm about to change my music-dedicated pc and I'd like to know if the best choice is to use a Pentium 4 based pc or to buy a new 64 bit Athlon.
    The 2 choices would be:
    1) pentium 4 Northwood 2.8 Ghz - Motherboard ASUS-P4P800-E/DLX
    2) AMD ATHLON 64 3200+ 512 K 2200MHZ - Mb ABIT

    Which is the best choice?
    Thank you.
    Bye!

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    Re: P4 or Athlon 64?

    If you're planning to run Gigastudio 3 be aware that Athlon 64 is NOT supported. That means if it doesn't work for any reason they won't help you. However Athlon 32 bit is fine, that means up to Athlon XP 3000+. I built an Athlon 64 3200+ system for GS3 and had to switch it to running Logic (which works fine so far) and now will look at upgrading my Athlon 2100+ system to run GS3. For anything but GS3 the Athlon 64 is the processor to get, it's screaming fast.

    Steve Chandler
    http://www.audiostreet.net/stevechandler
    http://www.soundclick.com/stevechandler

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    Re: P4 or Athlon 64?

    You might find this thread interesting:

    http://www.soniccontrol.com/cgi-bin/...;f=31;t=000039

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    Re: P4 or Athlon 64?

    Quote Originally Posted by pantonality
    If you're planning to run Gigastudio 3 be aware that Athlon 64 is NOT supported.
    Hi Steve,

    I think the right phrase is that it's not "officially" supported, so one must proceed at their own risk. This thread shows some systems that are known to work, and that lowers the risk.

    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...t=systems+work

    I chose an A64, and it works fine with Giga. Surprisingly, it didn't work with my MIA, so now I'm running an Audiophile 192.

    -JF

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    Re: P4 or Athlon 64?

    I'm not planning now to use GS3, but I have a MIA, and I love it, so Jon's post maybe has saved me! You think the difference in speed between Athlon and P4 is worth the risk? Sincerely I'm now thinking of getting the P4...
    Thank you!

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    Re: P4 or Athlon 64?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaox
    I'm not planning now to use GS3, but I have a MIA, and I love it, so Jon's post maybe has saved me! You think the difference in speed between Athlon and P4 is worth the risk? Sincerely I'm now thinking of getting the P4...
    Thank you!
    I think in Jon's case it was probably his motherboard that didn't like the MIA. (Speaking of which, Jon, if you're interested, you could send me your MIA for testing on my A8V... )

    I've been using Cubase, EWQLSO Silver & Gold, and PARIS (yes, that's weird, but it sounds great) in my new overclocked A64-3000+ without any problems.

    - Stefan

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    Re: P4 or Athlon 64?

    With the MIA, I'd stay away from the VIA KT800Pro chipset for now. The boards with nForce chipsets (like in the MSI Neo 2 Platinum) should be fine with it.

    -JF

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    Re: P4 or Athlon 64?

    Quote Originally Posted by JonFairhurst
    Hi Steve,

    I think the right phrase is that it's not "officially" supported, so one must proceed at their own risk. This thread shows some systems that are known to work, and that lowers the risk.

    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...t=systems+work

    I chose an A64, and it works fine with Giga. Surprisingly, it didn't work with my MIA, so now I'm running an Audiophile 192.

    -JF
    Hi John,

    I looked through that thread long and hard before I built my system (Athlon 3200+, Gigabyte K8N m/b). Then blithely ordered GS3 and put it together. It was very strange some things worked, but MOL+ didn't (FYI, neither did MOL CP). So I was installing and uninstalling to try to get things to see each other. Finally I called Tascam suuport and their official position was Athlon 64 isn't supported, too bad. Fortunately, Logic works fine with it, so now my sequencer system is a rocket ship and my GS3 system (Athlon 2100+) is pretty good as long as I don't run large mockups.

    My advice is, if you can afford to build a system that may not work for Giga, but probably will work for something audio related, go Athlon 64. The platform offers so many advantages over standard x86 it's worth it. The integrated memory controller (Hypertransport technology) removes all memory traffic from the FSB, speeding up everything from memory access to video to I/O by reducing the bottleneck at the Front Side Bus.

    If you can't afford to build a system on spec then do the cost benefit analysis between Athlon XP and P4. Frankly, I just don't see the appeal of P4, but YMMV.

    Cheers,

    Steve Chandler
    http://www.audiostreet.net/stevechandler
    http://www.soundclick.com/stevechandler

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