Originally posted by jedijrmax
I did mean the Opteron 64, not the athlon64.
Well, if you’re looking at a dual, you want an Opteron 24x (though
I imagine that they’ll hit 250 before long :)).
A pair of 3.06g Xeons (with the 533FSB) with the Asus PC-DL-DX motherboard and having to use PC2700 memory.
A single Athlon64 Processor with the Asus K8V Deluxe with support of PC3200 memory.
That’s a tough choice… though the fact that you’re comparing a
dual to single, I’d have to recommend the dual, either way.
How would I know what runs better with Maya?
There’s no reason to expect any problems with either the Opteron
or the Xeon, so that’s not the issue. It’s just a matter of finding
the optimal bang/buck ratio, and in general Maya seems to be
faster on Opteron than on P4.
But that doesn’t mean that the P4’s are slow in running Maya, by
I have dual athlon 2100+ MP’s right now and I’m really not too thrilled with them. They work well, but having the double really don’t do much at all…although it does slightly help out when rendering. However the difference is not too noticable and put of me thinks that I was just better off getting a single, Xeon 3.06 processor and have it do just as well… I’m not sure.
Well, that is a fairly old processor, and other than rendering Maya
is largely single-threaded.
If cost were no object, I’d recommend a dual Opteron 248, or to
save a bit of cash 246. If you’re on a budget, the Xeon is a good
option, 2nd only to a new AthlonMP.
But then at the same time…Xeons come at faster speeds than the Opterons do…no?
In a manner of speaking, yes. The problem is that since the two
architectures are so different, any comparison is hard to make,
and between the two clock speed isn’t particularly relevant. It’s
only relevant between two different models of the same
processor, like a 3.06 vs 2.8 GHz Xeon.
The model number associated with the Athlon64 is a good point
for comparison (i.e. the Athlon64 3200 is comparable to a 3.2 GHz
P4), but there the comparison ends, since the AthlonFX and
Opteron don’t use it. The AthlonFX 51 is comparable to the P4EE,
and the Opteron 248 is comparable to the P4 Xeon 3.2 GHz.
Note that I’m just indicating where they fall relative to each other
in the market here, not trying to say which is better at a given
If you want an oversimplification, then for rendering, the dual
Xeon option is the better option (because of the 2nd proc), but
for viewport performance, the AthlonFX is probably the better
I hope it’s a bit less confusing now.