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Topic Title: For pro audio applications, is Turion ML-34 faster than AthlonXP 2700+?
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Created On: 05/10/2006 12:34 AM
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 05/10/2006 12:34 AM
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Recently switched from a desktop running AthlonXP 2700+ to a laptop running Turion ML-34 for creating music using Logic and virtual synths (just sequencing, no audio recording). Using a firewire-based Focusrite Saffire as audio interface / soundcard. Had clicks and pops when running Logic, which didn't happen before using my desktop and an Echo Gina soundcard.

I am unsure whether these clicks/pops are the result of bad drivers on Focusrite's part or that my Turion64 is slower than my old Athlon processor. Is it?

New laptop:
HP Livestrong laptop
AMD Turion64 ML-34
100GB 4200RPM hard drive (could a slow drive provoke the clicks and pops? i'm not recording audio tho, just sequencing virtual synths)
Focusrite Saffire audio interface (firewire)

Old desktop
AMD Athlon XP 2700+
80GB 7200RPM hard drive
Echo Gina24 audio interface (PCI)

The basic question is: Is a Turion64 ML-34 slower than an AthlonXP 2700+ in terms of raw processing power?

Thank you in advance.
 05/11/2006 03:29 PM
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Apples and Lemons comparison...

the 2700+ is a 2167 MHz, 333MHz DDR, 256K L2 iirc...

The ML-34 is a 1800 MHz, 333 MHz DDR with internal Memory controller, and 1M L2...

One's a desktop...One's a laptop...chipsets are probably different...

Windows XP installations and Drivers as well as programs running are probably very different...

CPU speed is only one of MANY variables that can afffect performance...

I suppose in RAW processing power, the higher frequency outweighs most of the rest, so the ML may appear to be underpowered compared to the XP 2700+...but only benchmarks would prove.

Very difficult to pinpoint your problem...

My Rigs:

Athlon 64 3400+ (CG) @ 2.4GHz, Asus K8N-E Deluxe, 2 GB OCZ DDR400, BFG nVidia 6800OC 128MB, Seagate 200GB PATA, Seagate 160GB PATA, Dual Boot XP and x64, Antec 350W Mid-Tower

Athlon 64 3400+ (E3) @ 2.4GHz, Asus K8N-E Deluxe, 2 GB OCZ DDR400, eVGA nVidia 6800 128MB, Seagate 320GB SATA, Vista x64, Antec 350W Mid-Tower
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