Quote johnny h:
Out of interest Peter, what is the ideal price/performance mb+cpu combination you recommend for audio use? How much faster would it be than say, a Q6600?
Easiest thing I can do here is point at Scott ADK's results over the years @ http://www.adkproaudio.com/benchmarks.cfm
The QX6700 is probably the closest to the Q6600 and even then that's a slightly better chip. If you keep that as the baseline through you can see the difference between it and the 920 result. If you pick a 930 you can add a couple of more instances and if you select a 860 based rig you can deduct maybe 10 instances.
Either way the result is still be more than twice what you'd receive for a Q6600 and then you look at the 980X and your seeing over 5X the power of a older 6600.
Currently I'd say i5 860 or i7 930 are your sweet spots for performance and price. I wouldn't buy a more expensive chip from either range personally althrough the 980X is bang for buck still a great chip I personally couldn't justify having that much power, but if you need it (and maybe 2% of the industry would have any use for it) it's a great deal, expecially when you compare it next to the Xeons.
I'm tempted to wait until 6 or 8 core intels became affordable - how long do you think this is likely to be?
If your not maxing out your current rig then that may well be the better option. The's a more affordable Hexcore due this year for the current socket but it could well be one of the last chips released before Sandy Bridge is launched, and if I was going to spend a large amount of money now and having a Hexcore was a priority I'd wait until next spring and get one based around the new platform when its released.
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