Yes, syncing cores takes a lot of CPU cycles.dawman wrote:Not a big fan of MasterVerb tests, but am a big fan of the old Conroe Dual Core E8600 CPU.
I think the less cores you have the better real time performance you get.
These 4/8/12 core CPUs just let you run more crap.
In ~2006, when you went from single core to dual core CPU, the benefit of speed was about 70-80%.
When you went from dual core to early quad core processors (Core2Quad Q6600 p.ex.), the benefit was about 20-30% compared to the dual core.
The values might vary a bit depending on processor types, motherboards used and tasks, but there´ some truth still existing w/ todays processor upgrades.
DualCore processors are really good for realtime performance, also playing native VSTis,- but samplers w/ DFD do benefit from QuadCore processors !
I also think before going to more than 4 cores, better go from dual channel RAM to quad channel RAM 1st by switching mobo sockets, let´say socket 1150 > socket 2011,- then use a hex-core socket 2011 processor.
I´m don´t know how many audio applications really benefit from more than 4 cores or can handle 6 or 8 cores well.
Yes, the faster Intel Core2Duo T-series proccessors are a good choice, T9600 (2.8GHz/6MB cache) - T9900 (3.06GHz) are excellent options, but you have to find ´em in a laptop w/o cooling problems when setting up the OS for highest sustained performance.dawman wrote: I bet the old Dual Core laptops with an XITE-1 would be a great FOH/DAW.
But such rig is able to run Reason or any DAW w/ some VSTis in addition to SCOPE too.
You might have to replace the HDD because most in laptops are 5.400rpm only.
Look what was in a Macbook Pro some years ago,- Intel Core2Duo T9300, 2.5GHz / 6MB cache,- and these ran Logic Audio Platinum incl. all the virtual modelling instruments (EVP88 /EVB3/EVD6), EXS24 sampler, AU synths and Reason rewired in addition, not to forget to mention Logic´s mixer, insert- and aux- FX.
I´d really like to work w/ one of these because they don´t run too hot, but it´s Mac OS X and we don´t have SCOPE 6 for OS X.