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Old 24-07-2003, 06:23 AM   #16
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What's the deal with Xeon processors?

Are they that much better/faster for Maya? Are they an integral part of a dream setup for Maya?

I'm looking to buy a new computer and still don't understand the advantages/disadvantages of PIV, PIV Xeon and AMD processors.

I'm a Mac guy who has little knowledge of PC's and I "almost" hate to say it but my next computer will be a PC.

Don't get me wrong, I love my Powerbook. It's still my main machine for Photoshop and After Effects.
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Old 24-07-2003, 06:03 PM   #17
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The main features of the PIV and the Xeon workstations is hyperthreading. It basically, in laymans's terms, does multi-threaded functions as fast as two of the same type of processors without hyperthreading, sort of. It's not exactly as fast as two processors with a multi-threaded application, but it's close. Also, the Xeon is basically just a PIV that can work as a multi processor configuration. The PIV by itself is not capable of running as a DP unit, thus all DP Intel workstations have the Xeon. I'm not sure about the Itanium configurations though. I'm pretty sure you'd be quite happy with a PIV with hyperthreading. Get what you need.

Right now, the PPC 970 (G5) does not yet have hyperthreading. IBM is planning to implement hyperthreading in their next processor design (PPC 980) by next year. I'm kind of anxious to see what the G5 can do now though, as far as rendering goes. Hopefully after they are released, we'll start getting some more accurate feedback from the actual performance of the G5.
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Old 24-07-2003, 07:52 PM   #18
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celeron - damn! they still make those things
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Old 25-07-2003, 03:56 AM   #19
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Here is the test.
http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.asp?
id=wsapps&page=5

mp is better than xeon.....
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