I have gone back 5 pages trying to find out some info about what AMD Processor would be best at performing Video-Editing. I had planned to buy an Opti 165 but then I got to wondering if that processor is designed for that kind of work.
I am capturing my old VHS and Hi-8 Tapes to DVD using ATI 9600XT AIW, but when it comes to doing all the other mumbo-jumbo, my poor 2600 is maxed out at 99%.
At this point, I will spend a max of $350.00 US on the processor and it has to be a stock recommendation. The OCing may come later when I feel like I have read enough about the subject and am feeling brave.
I do occasional gaming, but I will primarily be using it for Video editing and production. I will also be using Power Point and Publisher quite frequently as well.
I would appreciate some input...So far, the Opti 165, Athlon 64 3800 or 4200 are the three that I have considered. If the 3800 and 4200 abilities are super close, I will get the 3800 and save myself $50.00.
Thanks ahead of time.
WinXP Pro - Athlon 64X2 4200 - AsRock 939 Dual-SATA Mobo - Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro
Deej, Since Video encoding, decoding, and editing are going to be your primary use, you probably want the larger cache of the Opteron 165 over the 200MHz speed increase of the X2 3800+. The 400MHz speed increase of the X2 4200+ puts performance slightly above the Opteron 165 at 'stock' speeds, despite also having only the 512KB L2 cache per core like the X2 3800+.
Overclocking changes the whole story. 400 MHz OC on the Opteron would be an easy OC, probably not even requiring a new HSF, as the Opty has a real low TDP and runs at like 1.35 VCore. At 2.2 MHz, the Opty will be the best performer hands down. Even if you OC the X2's, the Opty will likely reach a high overall speed, and with the larger cache, be the performance leader.
If you are not going to OC at all, the extra $50 on the X2 4200+ might well be worth it for the speed increase with less L2 cache.