conroe to 64 or not to 64 that is the question
Hi All and Happy Holdiays
I'm upgrading shortly and going by all reports the best at the moment is the core2duo conroe core. I'm on a lease plan so waiting for AMD native quad core (at an affordable price if NYD release rumours are true) will be throwing money into the wind.
Ardour and MusE are my primary bits of software so I want to build the ideal system for arodour. Since Bristol receives MIDI controllers I have no need for VSTi's anymore, so the 32 vs 64 bit question is purely a performance one.
I'm pretty convinced on the core2duo conroe core for 2 reasons, performance tests and thermal output " a quiet computer is a good computer". The only doubt I have is memory latency is better still better in amd chips.
Conroe tests show that in 32 bit mode the floating point calculations are far superior to 64 bit mode, but everything else is faster in 64 bit but not by the same degree.
Most of my reading so far tells me that floating point performance is the most important which leads me to a 32 bit build. However I have read some articles regarding other audio software (i.e. cakewalk(tm)(do I need to put that in??)) performs better in 64 bit versions due to memory addressing.
So should I build my system 32 or 64?
Or am I wasting my time and should stick with AMD due to superior memory latency performance?
All tips appreciated.
Have a happy, safe and productive 2007.