[Sidefx-houdini-list] hardware innovations

Peter Bowmar pbowmar at gmail.com
Fri Dec 16 12:11:39 EST 2005


Hi Jed,
    In my opinion, yes. However, if you can afford it, then why not?
Faster is always better, it's just in my experience it's rare to push
the graphics card, you usually push the CPU. I'd rather have a faster
CPU than a faster graphics card any day.

Cheers,

Peter B

On 16/12/05, Jed Schwartz <jed at jedschwartz.com> wrote:
>
> So is the graphics card in this package overkill-?
>
> Dual Opteron Model 252
> 2GB DDR400 ECC (2 DIMMS)
> 1GB DDR400 ECC (2 DIMMS)
> NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB G−DDR3
> 74GB 10,000rpm Serial ATA 8MB Cache Drive
> 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA 8MB Cache Drive
>
>
>
> On Dec 15, 2005, at 2:29 PM, Paul Simpson wrote:
>
> > Well, we've just got a couple of great new machines.  Dual
> > processor, dual core opterons with 4G of RAM.  Superfast and so
> > far, the most stable (and quiet!)  machines I've had for some
> > time.  Running opensuse 10.  And when rendering you get to see
> > geekily satisfying things like this:
> >
> > top - 19:11:45 up 9 days, 22:14, 17 users,  load average: 0.72,
> > 1.87, 1.75
> > Tasks: 258 total,   9 running, 249 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
> > Cpu0  : 98.4% us,  1.6% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0%
> > hi,  0.0% si
> > Cpu1  : 96.8% us,  3.2% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0%
> > hi,  0.0% si
> > Cpu2  : 99.2% us,  0.8% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0%
> > hi,  0.0% si
> > Cpu3  : 96.8% us,  3.2% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0%
> > hi,  0.0% si
> > Mem:   4036776k total,  3442132k used,   594644k free,   229168k
> > buffers
> > Swap:  1124508k total,   679412k used,   445096k free,  1028868k
> > cached
> >
> > Looked into the quad machines, but you pay a real premium for those
> > 8x opterons.  Dual proc/core was the most cost effective way to go
> > for us.  I agree with Pete, don't spend too much on the video
> > card.  Running a 6600GT here and thats just fine.
> >
> > -Paul
> >
> >
> >
> > Jed Schwartz wrote:
> >
> >> I've never been very good at keeping up with the latest hardware
> >> innovations-- As we consider our year-end hardware upgrades- I'd
> >> like  to hear what anyone might like to share regarding the best
> >> desktop  configurations for running houdini-
> >>
> >> I'm finding with the latest houdini builds (especially running
> >> elaborate DOPs simulations-etc) I'm spending more and more time
> >> waiting for things to cook- What is the best overall recipe for a
> >> high- performance "houdini" system. Are the duel core processors
> >> a  huge advantage to sys performance beyond render-?
> >>
> >> Thanks!
> >>
> >> Jed-
> >>
>
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