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  12 December 2013
Originally Posted by MDMD: Wow, alright, have to say that this has turned out to be way over my head...

sorry about that man, I didn't mean to hi-jack to off-topic.

I think cgbeige has solid advice there for you.
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  12 December 2013
No problem, just go ahead. Next challenge will be to find a bad-ass port. workstation.
  12 December 2013
I think most of my problems are because the machine was cloned and not installed from scratch. The tech guy did the job in less than 2 hours (all softwares, bootcamp and windows included). I have 5 coworkers working on mac pro beside me and they have less trouble. Still It doesnt excuse the old gpu and lack of usb 3.0 in a 2013 machine.
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  12 December 2013
This is the first time in the history of the interwebs that an actual topic that has the words 'PC' and 'Mac' in the title doesn't resort to a allout flamewar. As a matter of fact it got amazingly technical.

As for switching, i'd agree with cgbeige. Don't bother, your whole pipeline & asset library is built on a different platform. There are mostly downsides in your case.
  12 December 2013
I agree with CGB and the others regarding your pipeline and making big changes. Not always the best idea, if things are working then keep them working!

Over the years these folks have also helped me to lose various software/branding biases, too. That said, I wouldn't say Win7 is "broken" for multitasking, it's just a pain in the butt out of the box. Stock Win7 with Maya/mental ray behaves as everyone says - multitasking is sluggish and obnoxious, even on a brand new high-end system.

Since the XP days however, I've used various process management programs to whip things into shape. Currently in Win7 I use ProcessLasso, which is the best one I've found to control your processes and their threading. You can set Default Priority, Default Affinity, I/O priority, Power Profiles, and much more on a per-process basis. It also monitors and adjusts for responsiveness. Using this program, I set Maya to "Low Priority" but enable ProBalance and Dynamic Thread Boost, and this usually does the trick to keep all cores saturated but everything else responsive. One can also enable Foreground Boost if need be to get things even more snappy.

With this method, rendertimes decrease nearly 20% over default behavior in Win7, and responsiveness is maintained. As others have said, it's not that Windows is making your hardware slower, it's simply configured out of the box to actually hammer all those cores and leave no room to breathe. Process Lasso gives you that breathing room, problem solved. It's pretty much a big-kid version of Task Manager, and perhaps the Win7 people should have given us more options with TaskMan to begin with?

I can't speak for Windows 8 though, and will be skipping that steampile until Microsoft "gets it together."

Edit: So, to sum up, the Mac and Linux folks got their process-management proper out of the box, and the Win7 folks didn't. They assumed everyone would WANT their computer to behave sluggishly under load, which was a pretty bad assumption. I blame my father!
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