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New DAW on intel Sandy Bridge architecture

Postby Flyer » Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:36 pm

Hi

My computer is three years old. It 's a 6600 quad core with 4GB Ram. I would like to orient myself to the new Intel-2600k. My beloved sound card is a RME Multiface with PCI card. Using Windows 7 64-bit with 32-bit cubase. Next installation wil be Cubase 6 64 bit.
There are motherboards are stable in the audio field for the Sandy Bridge architecture?. Do you have any models to recommend, maybe you already tested? As for the other components (RAM, power supply, fan, video card, etc.), what do you recommend?

Thank you very much !
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Re: New DAW on intel Sandy Bridge architecture

Postby RitchieM » Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:37 pm

I bought the Scan Sandy Bridge PowerDAW when it came out and it's brilliant (yep, still going on about it!!!!!)

Have a look in their site and at their specs, mine is the same one (2600k) but with 16GB ram.

Not had any problems
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Re: New DAW on intel Sandy Bridge architecture

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:19 am

Hi Flyer!

The audio Performance of Sandy Bridge machines can vary considerably from motherboard model to model, and even BIOS version to BIOS version on the same motherboard - the folk who have done all the research and got some good results are the specialist audio builders who found out the best components the hard way byt trying them out and discarding those that didn’t perform well.

Since the upgraded motherboard chips (without the potential SATA port problems) have only been arriving for a few days now it’s perhaps a little early to start broadcasting all their secrets :beamup:


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Re: New DAW on intel Sandy Bridge architecture

Postby Flyer » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:37 pm

Thank you Martin.
I'll wait before buy a new computer.

Thank you RitchieM for your hint !

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Re: New DAW on intel Sandy Bridge architecture

Postby Frederick » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:08 pm

As an aside, does anyone feel that new motherboards (Sandybridge in particular) are getting rather flash for DAW use. No native PCI support, no onboard graphics (why would a DAW need anything else?, magnitudes quieter/cooler than a dedicated graphics card). The newest features seem to take presidence over stability.

I've just gone with an AMD quad core system with an Asus motherboard over Sandybridge because of a)stability issues b)cost. My motherboard has almost everything I (and any DAW) would need for £50, which is less than half, often almost a third the price of a Sandybridge board with a load of features (USB3, Sata 6) that are of little/no use to a DAW. For £200 for an AMD system (MB, CPU & RAM) with 8gb ram vs a similar Sandybridge system for about £400 (regardless of performance), given all the issues with Sandybridge I decided to go with something to tide me over to the time Intel/board makers sort their act out.
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Re: New DAW on intel Sandy Bridge architecture

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:24 pm

Hi Frederick,

I certainly agree that a Sandy Bridge PC is overkill for many musicians, apart from the ones who absolutely need to run hundreds of plug-ins/softsynth voices.

I’m sure it’s comforting to see your CPU meter ticking over at 20% when running your biggest projects, but it may not be the most cost-effective decision :headbang:

Nevertheless, a well-tuned Sandy Bridge PC can provide stunning performance, which is why it’s tempting a lot of people ;)


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Re: New DAW on intel Sandy Bridge architecture

Postby John Roberts » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:04 am

Frederick wrote: no onboard graphics (why would a DAW need anything else?, magnitudes quieter/cooler than a dedicated graphics card).


Intel have actually gone one better here - the GPU is integrated into the CPU die itself.
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Re: New DAW on intel Sandy Bridge architecture

Postby Lanman » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:22 am

Martin Walker wrote:
I certainly agree that a Sandy Bridge PC is overkill for many musicians, apart from the ones who absolutely need to run hundreds of plug-ins/softsynth voices.

This quote peaked my antenna. I'm in a 'back-to-square-one' situation, having just returned a screaming new Sandy Bridge macbook, because it no long supports XP via bootcamp, (My whole new setup based on XP=old projects / mac new projects). I posted this warning already on the mac section.

My choices now are the previous MBP, or a win laptop. If Sandy Bridge doesn't hold much more audio power, then would the last MBP be okay. Or are there a better performing pc laptops available now.

[hope this is not too much off topic - mac or pc doesn't matter as long as it works well. My question is regarding the processor itself.]

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Re: New DAW on intel Sandy Bridge architecture

Postby John Roberts » Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:50 am

Lanman wrote:
Martin Walker wrote:
I certainly agree that a Sandy Bridge PC is overkill for many musicians, apart from the ones who absolutely need to run hundreds of plug-ins/softsynth voices.

If Sandy Bridge doesn't hold much more audio power, then would the last MBP be okay. Or are there a better performing pc laptops available now.


Read MW's quote again. Sandy Bridge represents a considerable increase in audio ability over the previous generation.
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