AMD Athlon 64 FX

Rednroll wrote on 1/6/2005, 2:11 PM
Anyone using this "FX" processor with Vegas doing video editing? I'm looking to start building my next work station and was leaning towards the Athlon 64 processor. I just went to AMD's site and noticed the Athlon 64 FX's version, which outlines it is enhanced to handle professional video editing type of work and high intensive graphics type of work. Right now the price is quite a bit higher over the standard Athlon 64 processor. So I was looking to hear any feedback of anyone doing video editing work with Vegas and this processor. Oh yeah, and if you're using the standard Athlon 64 processor, I'ld like to hear from you too. Just debating on whether too wait for the Athlon 64 FX price to drop, or just go for the Athlon 64 now.


FrigidNDEditing wrote on 1/6/2005, 2:50 PM
There was a release posted a few days ago that showed the rendertimes on a bunch of processors. Intel took 1st and second by a few seconds. The nice thing about the FX 53 or 55 is that they employ HyperTransport technology. It basically speeds up the transer too and from the RAM. (Something I wish I had) You may have already known this but I just thougth I toss it in.
kentwolf wrote on 1/6/2005, 2:56 PM
I am *about* to get an AMD Athlon 64 3500+.

Overnight shipping got held up due to Chicago snowfall...

I am really chomping at the bit!!

Motherboard, RAM standing by...just need the CPU...
busterkeaton wrote on 1/6/2005, 3:41 PM
I believe Sony demoed Vegas at NAB on a AMD system from Boxx.
TheHappyFriar wrote on 1/6/2005, 3:55 PM
I was gonna day that. Didn't Spot say (months ago) that they used AMD FX chips & they were great?

I'm wanting to build an opteron for my next workstation/game machine (actuatly, it does pretty much everything except type!). Those are a little more though. :)
Hulk wrote on 1/6/2005, 6:04 PM
Keep in mind the fact that there is no difference between the FX chip and the regular socket 939 A64 chip other than the fact that the FX chip is unlocked, that is you can overclock by changing the clock mulitiplier.

A 2.2GHz socket 939 A64 is about $500 cheaper than the current 2.6GHz chip. If you need the fastest and/or want to overclock then the FX may be your ticket. But if you want almost as fast the socket 939 chips have a great price/performance ratio.

I think the 2.4GHz socket 939 part is around $400, still a good buy.

The main feature that the 939 chips support is the dual channel memory controller, doubling memory performance. If you don't buy the FX part I would strongly recommend a socket 939 part.

- Mark
Rednroll wrote on 1/8/2005, 9:01 AM
Thanks for theinformation Mark, this sounds like the way I will go. I also was talking to a friend and he mentioned simular statements as you, and said there is information on the web with a pretty easy change to unlock the non FX chips.
woznme wrote on 1/8/2005, 12:18 PM
I have a 3500+ and am very happy with the power of it!
Went from a 1600+ and on average my render times are 3 to 4 times as efficient.
rebel44 wrote on 1/8/2005, 6:01 PM
I have presario r3000(R3140US) and have no luck to run Vegas in win64. The require netframework 1.1 it is NOT available for windows64..The speed under win64 it is unbelievable.
Using dvdripper DVDShrink 3.2 I got 2 times faster compression that under win32.
Unless Vegas adopt the software to netframework 2.0 what is for win64 it will not make much difference betwine athalonxp or athalon64. Real power of athalon64 show under win64.
You can download win64 from microsoft web site for free. Beta good for a year.
The only thing that do not work in my computer as hardware goes is the wireles.
nVidia provide chipset and video drivers for win64.
kentwolf wrote on 1/9/2005, 12:44 AM
>>...I have a 3500+ and am very happy with the power of it!...

Same here (AMD Athlon 64 3500+). In fact, this is my first post with it.

Still in the process of reconfiguring my many things to tweak...

Note: Definitely has faster memory performance.
Tattoo wrote on 1/9/2005, 11:21 AM
Kentwolf & Woznme -

3500+ is exactly what I'm considering, as well. What CPU cooler are you guys using and how cool & quiet is it?

woznme wrote on 1/9/2005, 11:54 AM
I am using the cooler the cpu was supplied with it works a treat my cpu never goes over 39 degrees Celsius on the hottest day or biggest workload and its quiet enough fof me.
kentwolf wrote on 1/9/2005, 4:48 PM
>>...What CPU cooler are you guys using and how cool & quiet is it?

Standard CPU fan and heat sink that comes with the CPU, plus I have 3-3x3" case fans. It does run cool, however, I am still tweaking around with my system and can't reboot to get into the BIOS to see the temp. (Have to find the Windows utilities to do the same.)

Quiet? Yes. No long as I could get the processor I wanted, noise wouldn't matter to me. It is very quiet though.

Note: The ASUS A8V Deluxe motherboard is very, very nice with this processor.
woznme wrote on 1/9/2005, 5:14 PM
kentwolf-I have the same motherboard and it comes with a software utility on the cd that will tell cpu temp as well as a miriade of other readings.
And yes they seem to a very good combination.
kentwolf wrote on 1/9/2005, 7:45 PM
>> comes with a software utility on the cd that will tell cpu temp...

Oh, of that I have no doubt. I am just starting the daunting task of installing all programs, all over again.

Note: All of my time has been in getting nine (9) hard drives to work with this that that's done...on to installation-ville. Prediction: I will be up all night doing it...then go to work... :(

jorgensen wrote on 1/12/2005, 2:16 AM
I have been using an AMD Athlon 64 (3500+, 90micron, socket939) for a couple of month.

The biggest Athlon problem you will face is which chipset to use. I have nForce3, and spent some time to get it running optimal – the new nForce4 looks very interesting.

A couple of days ago I added a SATA RAID, and got a real big boost – finds this to be a must in a pro-audio system.
However, for the SonicFoundry/Sony applications the connection to the CD-ROMs vanished. Now have to figure that out, without giving up the RAID.

To give you an idea of the performance of the standard CPU, SoundForge and Ozone in default setting takes less than 20% of the CPU power. And one of the best things is no heating problem.