don’t reduce your core usage. That’s just the worst idea I’ve ever heard to force your OS to multitask properly when rendering. Just drop the priority.
The purpose of this thread wasn’t to start a flame war, CGBeige. You brought the “use a Mac” argument to the table - completely unnecessary and irrelevant to the issue here. It’d be amusing, if you weren’t so upset about it.
And given that you can’t even make Maya work properly in Windows, it’s obvious you lack the expertise you claim. If you’re happy with your Apple computers, excellent. So please stick to blogging about your extremely biased specialties and let the Windows users help, when it comes to Windows. You’re not helping at all here, just being argumentative and inflammatory once again.
@paulruk: It certainly seems like a driver issue, perhaps with your motherboard chipset drivers? I doubt it’s the GPU drivers, but with your Photoshop issues that may play a part. Which graphics card are you using?
I’m experiencing excellent speed gains, 10% or more, when using ProcessLasso to manage threading vs. Windows alone. I can’t recommend it enough. Responsiveness remains at 100% while rendering in mental ray, Photoshopping, and Rhinoing all at once. I’m generally using 5 cores for Maya and one for everything else (Phenom X6 1100T here), with dynamic boosts of course helping things along for CPU speed. With 6 cores rendering, responsiveness remains at 100% too though, until I start tossing other applications into play.