Im waiting on a download so i thought i would explain.
Big reason- cost vs technology. The first computer we put this system together with was a Mach speed venom, which is the Nvidia GEforce 6 chipset. it was actually built for different reasons, but when the new video software came out, we knew we could not run it in an old socket a cause of the loading speed for the video files. so we tried it in the machspeed, and other than a video card issue, it was fine. so after some experimenting, the matching nvidia dual card came out and a radeon x700 went in its place, mind you- everyone said this combination would not work.
it is our most reliable system next to an old socket a biostar m7vig 400 running an athlon xp 2800 barton core.
Problem is that mobo is no longer avaiable or id have ten of em. the other problem was the constant fight between the nvidia mobo video driver
, and the ati card. it would give you nag screens just cause it could but it always and still does run.
On paper, i built that rig and put it in a antek nsk4400 case which is all we use cause of the ventilation for around 500.00 usd. that was with the amd 4600x2 and 2 gig of 800mhz ram. not bad eh?
so everyone that saw the new system wanted it in thier venue, so we needed more of them so i tried several combinations. mind you, i had a couple more 4600's and some more 800mhz ram on hand so i tried the ecs black 8200. this is a nvidia board and as a computer it was all it was told to be- however- the IDT audio was extremely unstable, and fought badly with our cmedia auzentech cards. so it went back. we have been an all amd shop since the socket a came out. back then intel used to freeze for something to do in a normal day, so for kicke i tried a q6600 on a gigabit technology board. it was supposed to be all that and a bag of chips.
20 minutes into its first show it froze, after a reboot it did it again in ten. we finished the show with the machspeed. so it went back- the other thing is- its getting harder and harder to find video cards that will break to svideo and composite and the rest of the real world dont have spiffy hdmi's in its bars pubs and nightclubs. the only reliable cards have been ati for that, so we tried the 780 and 790, and we had several biostars down thru the years that were not the fastest truck in the race, but always broght the money home, so we tried this one.
As a computer its nothing short of awesome- granted it needs a quad sitting in it and 1066mhz ram but it does ok, but only in vista. its easily twice as fast in vista as it is in xp.
the initial score before we made the neccesary changes was a 5.9 after service pack 1. unfortunately our softwre requires us to be in performance mode with all power settings at max.
during a show- it is running 4 desktops. 3 for the operator and one for the stage or public screens, sometime 2 and 2. at this point it will be running7 active applications plus itself.
Matrox is a great product but due to space restraints, and cashflow, is a bit out of reach.
we have done this in a single box with no outside attachements or harddrives except the screens, mouse and keyboard and as you could imagine, a laptop is out of consideration.
the last reason, i have a hard time sending a computer worth a huge sum into the great outdors on a stage or into a pub full of drunken crawlers. so it has to be cost effective. its bad enough i have to send them out with 30,000 watts of audio gear and 175,000 watts of lighting. too many zero's in the ned price tag for me.
Download is done i will be back. thanks m8