I'm thinking of upgrading to the Pentium D series (dual-core), has anyone noticed drastic/worthwhile performance in Vegas6 and other apps with this setup?
Or is there more reason go with a single proc setup?
I have a 3.0 PentiumD and have been VERY happy with it. It's litterally twice as fast as my P4 3.0ghz w/HT. My render-test times were litterally cut in half. Plus this is a few notches down from the PendiumD 3.2EE.
From what I hear it's not quite up to snuff with the Ahtlon dualies but not too far behind (at least basing it on the old render test). I haven't got a chance to run the new rendertest on it. I'm in a crunch for the holidays with half a dozen dealines!
I say if you have the opportunity to go Athlon X2 go Athlon. If not and it's an inexpensive machine with the Pentium D it's not a bad choice. I spent $1,200 for my VAIO RC series desktop.
Well, I'm not sure if I want to go AMD just based on past system experience - but that's mainly in regards to the mobo/chipsets , not AMD procs themselves.
I build for longevity, and I've repaired more AMD systems then Intel...even up to this day. But, maybe this will be the time I try AMD with their x2.
Heck I have an OC'd P4 1.6a @ 2.4ghz that's been running solid since day one and offers better perf than a reg 2.4ghz.
The system is for A/V work (very light internet use, if at all - NO gaming) and I have mulitple apps open quite often such as Vegas and Forge, and varied soft-synths, etc., so I wanted to know if a dual-core will drastically help out with this, shorten render times, etc. Sounds like you're saying it does.
*update: moving to the amd x2 4400 very soon (fingers crossed, but I hear these x2's are great, so here we go).