[Sidefx-houdini-list] Re: New computer not fast

Peter Bowmar pbowmar at gmail.com
Wed Jan 4 14:23:28 EST 2006

Hi Doug,
    Unless I missed it, you didn't say if you're using multithreading
in Mantra or not. I think a single-threaded test would be more
accurate in some ways. A 1.6ghz Athlon is known as a "2000+" and
should be equivalent to a 2ghz P4. The "3800" is 'supposed' to mean
equiv to a 3.8ghz P4 but of course it's all marketing hooey.


Peter B

On 04/01/06, Dan Seddon <dan.seddon at framestore-cfc.com> wrote:
> Joe Drew wrote:
> > Dan Seddon wrote:
> >
> >> Sounds like you're getting a fair increase to me  - it's going about
> >> 40-50% faster. The 3800 is misleading sales talk as  it's really
> >> going about 2 ghz and you're using a 32 bit operating system, so you
> >> wont be getting any benefits from the 64bittyness.
> >
> >
> > Remember, though, that clock speed (i.e. 2 GHz) doesn't mean
> > performance. There's a reason that AMD says 3800, and that's that they
> > do more work *per clock cycle* than Intel's chips.
> Yup - I just meant in terms of comparing with Doug's old machine which
> is an Athlon XP. Also, "real" clock speeds are probably better for
> working out what the benefits are of jumping to 64 bit - as if both
> Dougs old and new machines were 2ghz and he saw the same performance
> leap that would be telling, but the 3800 number would make it harder to
> measure.
> Dan
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