Here's my spec:
Processor: 2x Opteron 246
Case/PSU: Supermicro Superserver 742i-450W 4U
Motherboard: Tyan Thunder K8W
RAM: 3GB (6x 512MB DDR PC2700 ECC SDRAM)
Disk: 40GB Western Digital Caviar UDMA/100
2x 120GB Maxtor DiamondMax SATA/150
Graphics: Matrox Parhelia 256MB AGP4x - retail version.
Sound: M-Audio Audiophile 2496 audio+midi
Monitors: 23" Apple Cinema Display @ 1920x1200
15" Sony Trinitron @ 1200x1024*
I/O: MSI D16 16x/48x DVD-ROM
Sony DRU-510A (R-8x32x W-4x/24x) DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW
Internal 7-in-1 USB2.0 Memory Card Reader.
Extra: Generic PCI 100MB LAN card **
Belkin USB2.0 PCI card ***
OS: Windows XP Professional
Software: Photoshop, Mathematica, Cubase SX, Call of Duty, Winamp, LAME.
*2nd monitor needed to display BIOS or BSOD screens as Parhelia/ACD23" combo cannot display 640x400 boot screen.
Some software (Call of Duty!
doesn't like wide-screen format and displays 1600x1200 leaving desktop peeking out.
** PCI LAN card required because Tyan gigabit LAN drivers produce intermittent BSOD with WinXP. This is not good.. I'm waiting for upgraded drivers.
Initially had Belkin 54g wireless network card. Was incompatible with my Sony basestation.
*** USB1.1 included with K8W not fast enough for today's applications. Come on Tyan! USB2.0 Belkin card includes only Type-A internal connection. NOT header pins. Had to solder my own convertor to connect internal USB2.0 card reader!
First real work the machine undertook was to rip 450 CDs and encode to mp3 using the LAME DLL included with Winamp 5.0 This took a few days, but each CD ripped in about 3-4 minutes thanks to simultaneous read/encode of Winamp. BUT I had a lot of problems with failed read of some CDS, which led to BSOD. The CDs were fine on my laptops, but reading at max speed caused big problems toward the end of some CDs on the WS. I still haven't fully understood the cause of these problems. Only yesterday the machine failed to read part of a DVD, (Family Guy, (region 2 PAL) season 2 disk 2)
Photoshop runs perfectly. Panorama Tools runs great, I was finally able to put together a huge mosaic of photos to make a 6000x4000 panorama with no trouble.
Cubase is another matter. I get inexplicable freezes and crashes, but I hesitate to list this, as even though I have a Cubase SX license, my father uses it on his computer, I only have it installed so I can advise him rather than for my own use, so I resorted to a *ahem* 'trial' version off Kazaa . With the new machine running as well as it is, though, I might spend more time on Cubase for personal use, so I might have to stump up for a proper version. I only hope that solves the issues, though.
Anyone else running Cubase on Dual Opteron?
There is another issue, in that I keep getting blue-screen MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION errors. I've had about 7 or 8 since I got the machine and have so far been unable to track down the cause. I posted a query at:http://forums.amd.com/index.php?showtopic=7229
All comments welcome!