View Full Version : Dual AMD Athelon vs dual Xeon

10 October 2004, 04:07 PM
heres the stand off for my new system,,

2 Boxx3d RI1's

dual 1.7 athelon
1 gig
nividea quatro 4
tyan motherboard


2 Compac w6000
dual 1.7 XEON
1 with 2gig / 1 with 1gig
not surea bout the motherboard

The need is comming up for me to have some good rendering power for some HI poly Hi res question is to you experts wich of these 2 pairs would preform better.

My supplyers offered me a hella deal on both units

but the compaqs are cheaper by about 40%.......

Using Lightwave...aftereffect...photoshop....

Thanks guys,,,,I am by no means a hardware expert and need some advice...

10 October 2004, 04:15 PM
Do you know if the athlons are mp1700's, or if they are 1.7Ghz (mp2100's)?

10 October 2004, 04:59 PM
the mp1700 doesn't exist...

10 October 2004, 05:08 PM
Oh yeah :) Lazy bums at AMD made the 1500, 1600, and 1800 but didn't actually make the 1700. Too many people modding the old xp 1700's into mp's on other forums lately.

That makes his choice easier then. Get the athlons, and sell the quadro's on eBay.

10 October 2004, 06:27 PM
Are the Athelons a quicker chip....I've heard that they are more stable also.

10 October 2004, 05:52 PM
Are the Athelons a quicker chip....I've heard that they are more stable also.
Quicker? In lightwave yeah. In all the Lightwave rendering benchmarks I've seen, the AMD chips always win even when a ways slower in clockspeed than the Pentiums/Xeons.

As far as stability goes, don't listen to what other people tell you. Many will say Intel chips are more stable, me personally I built several AMD systems and never a problem but most of the Intel systems I've built have hardware related problems. But then the next person will say AMD chips overheat and melt themselves.

10 October 2004, 06:33 PM
But then the next person will say AMD chips overheat and melt themselves.
Thats somewhat ammusing now. ;) The Pentium 4 (Prescott) dissappates about 120 Watts of heat. The Athlon 64/FX/Opteron Dissappates about 85 Watts.

Tell me which one is hotter ;)

Anyway, as for Lightwave, you have just contradicted everything i've ever seen in relation to Lightwave Intel and AMD. Lightwave has been optimized for SSE2, the Athlon XP cannot utilize SSE2 but the P4 can.. Hence the P4 (generally) is faster than the Athlon XP, however the Athlon64 generation can hold its own against the P4 (probably due in part to its better architecture and implimentation of SSE2..). This is just from what I've seen. If you wander over to the LW forums most people there would recommend you Intel, at least from a rendering perspective.

10 October 2004, 09:45 PM basicaly a dead heat between the processors...

but what about the Workstations

The Boxx or the Compac w6000..

sorry about all the questions...just trying to do my homework before I buy


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