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The view above 888 Beast Boulevard

10 May 2008 - 09:48 AM

I'm finishing up a dual 771 octo core build, and snapped a few in-case pics.

This is my favorite.

I'll do a comprehensive write-up in a week or so after I've finished it. But even now, with only 2GB 533 RAM and a $30 video card the thing really screams.

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Help! - Mystery Leopard system clock slowdown

22 April 2008 - 09:10 AM

My system clock has been running slow, and I finally isolated the problem (sort of) - swapping out the CPU fixes the problem.

The mobo is a Gigabyte GA-945GCM-S2C (unfortunately I don't have another mobo to test the CPU)

With an E6700 the clock works fine. (65nm / 1066 FSB)

Swap in an engineering sample E8300 (45nm / 1333 FSB) causes the clock to run slow (loses a few seconds per minute), and I can't play 1080p video without the sound being stuttering after 5 or so seconds.

I've tried Kalyway and Leo4All, and the system slows down under each. About a billion permutations of BIOS settings haven't solved it either.

The CPU / FSB / DDR speeds all show up correctly under system profiler.

What's aggravating is that everything worked fine with the E8300 for about two days, and then it crapped out when friends came over to watch a movie.

Any ideas?

Any help would be appreciated.

Can you use a 1333FSB CPU on a 1066 / 800 mobo?

10 April 2008 - 11:19 PM

I just bought an engineering sample e8300. It has a 1333 FSB. My mobo specs say 1066 / 800. Will it work? Will it be underclocked?

The mobo is a Gigabyte GA-945gcm-s2c.

Same question about RAM - I bought DDR800 ram, and the mobo takes 667. Is underclocking teh RAM a problem.

After decades of Mac use, I'm a complete noob to all of this PC goo.

Any insights will be greatly appreciated.

Edit: a quick googling shows that I may have just hosed myself - my mobo does not appear to officially support a 45nm processor, but a beta bios might:

Which video card gives best Final Cut Pro / Studio FCS2 performance?

31 March 2008 - 07:44 PM

This weekend I'll be building my first Hackintosh (HTPC), and if it works ok I'll start putting together a Final Cut Pro Hackintosh to edit High Def HDV 1080i footage I've shot.

I'm pretty much set on everything but the video card:
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4
Core 2 Quad Q6600
4GB 1066 RAM (2*2 Dual Channel?) (will 8GB help much in Final Cut Studio?)

I'll stick to a video chipset that's in a current Mac, so I'm looking to get either an Nvidia 7600GT, 8600T, 8800GT or ATI HD2600XT.

I know that the 8800 beats the 8600 beats the 7600 beats the 7300, but how much of that processing power does Final Cut actually use?

Will Final Cut be able to take advantage of two GT's running in SLI?

Anyone have any idea how a Q6600 system would stack up against a Mac Pro Quad 3 GHz (two double cores) in Final Cut performance?

I would be grateful for any insights.
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