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$2500 workstation vs i7 3930
01-07-2012, 09:44 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-22-2012, 08:50 PM by mwhals.)
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RE: $2500 workstation vs i7 3930
Nvidia cards are better with Photoshop CS5, because Photoshop takes advantage of CUDA, which is a feature of Only Nvidia.
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02-11-2012, 07:06 PM,
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RE: $2500 workstation vs i7 3930
(01-04-2012, 11:04 PM)MathieuB Wrote: 16GB should be plenty for the Nikon D700, but you might want to upgrade that to 32GB when you upgrade the camera, just to be on the safe side. Higher-end LGA2011 motherboard support 8 sticks of RAM, so you could get 4 x 4GB of RAM now and add another 4 x 4GB of RAM down the road.

Mind you, 16GB should still be sufficient for the next camera, you'll just get slowdowns when you have a lot of files open at the same time and/or when using a lot of filters and the like.

I'd also consider a SSD, which will greatly reduce loading/saving time for Photoshop/picture files.

The camera I am upgrading to is a 36 mp Nikon D800 instead of a 12 mp D700. Should I stick with 16 GB or move to 32 GB of RAM?

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02-11-2012, 07:17 PM,
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RE: $2500 workstation vs i7 3930
I'd go with 32GB to be on the safe side.
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02-11-2012, 11:13 PM,
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RE: $2500 workstation vs i7 3930
(02-11-2012, 07:17 PM)MathieuB Wrote: I'd go with 32GB to be on the safe side.

That is what I was thinking too!

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04-16-2012, 07:56 PM,
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$2500 workstation vs i7 3930
Any thought on 64 GB and a massive Ram Drive? Ram is so cheap now compared to even two years ago.
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04-17-2012, 05:55 AM,
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RE: $2500 workstation vs i7 3930
Just make sure you get the paid software of RAMDisk for 17.99 cause free software only supports up to 4 GB large disks. With the paid you can do unlimited.
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04-17-2012, 05:51 PM,
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RE: $2500 workstation vs i7 3930
(04-16-2012, 07:56 PM)mwhals Wrote: Any thought on 64 GB and a massive Ram Drive? Ram is so cheap now compared to even two years ago.

Sure, that's a great way to boost performance. Just keep in mind the drawbacks, such as data loss on the RAM disk if you lose power. One way to mitigate that is to simply use a UPS though.
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04-17-2012, 06:08 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-18-2012, 09:05 PM by mwhals.)
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$2500 workstation vs i7 3930
I have a UPS that shuts down windows if I am not around. I am mainly interested in using the RAM disk for Internet browser temp files, etc.
I am now having second thoughts. On a Nikon forum, people are having zero problems with D800 full size files on much less computer than I am thinking of building. All the following are being used without any issues by Nikon D800 users:

AMD Athlon X4 3.0GHz processor and 12 GB of DDR3 RAM

Intel quad core (Q6600) and 8 gigs of RAM

FX 8 core with 16GB of RAM

Intel i7-870 and 16GB RAM

What do you guys think? 3930k still?[/code]
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04-26-2012, 05:36 AM,
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RE: $2500 workstation vs i7 3930
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After a long 3 months of waiting for the cpu and cooler, i finally have everything running!

What can i say.. it�s fast and furious!
. i7 3930
. ATI firepro V5900
. Asus P9-X79 PRO
. Kingston HyperX 16GB 1600MHz DDR3
. SSD OCZ agility vertex 3 series 120Gb
. Noctua NH-D14 SE2011

Made a comparison rendering the same 3DMax scene in both systems the old one and this one, side by side, and the rendering times were 32min Vs 9min on stock clock! then i tried to punch it a little bit using the "fast" auto-tuning option, and in one simple click got it runing at 3.9Ghz and getting 8min render times, then tried using the "extreme" button and again, with one click you get real time clock speeds going up and you have to cancel the operation when you get the speed you want, i stoped at 4.2Ghz because i was afraid it going over the limit and damaging the cpu! The render times dropped to 7min.

I�m really happy with my workstation, and would recommend it to anyone thinking of up-grading.

I do have a final question, how far can/should i go with the clock speed maintaining a safe and steady system?

My 3930 runs at 4.9 ghz 24/7 on water. Temps never exceed 60c. As long as your temps are reasonable (70's C for 24/7 with peaks in low 80's) and your voltage isn't insane you can go as high as your chip will allow.
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05-02-2012, 06:42 PM,
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$2500 workstation vs i7 3930
I am delaying my build to July due to other purchases I need to make in the short term.
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