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Old 09-02-2006, 07:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone. I'm encodig video in x264 all the time. all my computers are working 24/7.
Currently I have these computers:
1) Pentium4 celeron 1700mhz/512mb sdram
2) PIII-1000mhz/256mb
3) PIII-800mhz/128mb
4) PIII-500mhz/128mb
By the way P3-1000 encodes faster than celeron 1700. Strange.
Anyway. I'm thinking about buying some very cheap dual-core. For example Pentium D 805 2.26ghz. I don't have much money, so I can't afford expensive cpus.
The question is - will this cheap dual-core (or other dual-core) will outperform all these 4 comps combined?
I don't play games or anything. I'm only encoding video.
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What does encoding video involve?
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Old 09-02-2006, 08:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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a good number cruncher...

so long as the app you use utilises the 2nd core, then you should notice it being pretty fast. i am not sure about faster than all four put together though... anyone?
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I'm encoding video in Xvid and X264 formats. All the programs are optimized for any existing instructions and can run on multiple cores.
Can i just count th total amount of mhz? like that:
1700+1000+800+500=4000mhz
2600+2600=5200mhz - faster
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well if i recall correctly even the Pentium D 820 (2.8ghz) beat the FX-57 in encoding quite soundly. the Pentium D 805 will be considerably better than anything you have listed even using only one core. using a multi-threaded encoder there is no contest. this would be quite a good upgrade choice. it is 2.66ghz by the way.
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Thanks for the answer.
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the Pentium D 805 will be considerably better than anything you have listed even using only one core.
Are you saying that single core 2.66ghz is faster than 1700+1000+800+500=4000mhz? How's that?
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IT isn't just mhz. Theres alot more to it. L2 cache l1 cache.ect.
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sorry i misinterpreted what you said. how have you got that setup, clustered? no single core 2.66ghz would not be better overall i guess but the Pentium D cpu's are quite decent for video encoding. looking at specs i think the Pentium D 915 may serve you well if you could get that.
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Hmm, I would get the 3800+ X2, but get what you want.
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well if i recall correctly even the Pentium D 820 (2.8ghz) beat the FX-57 in encoding quite soundly. the Pentium D 805 will be considerably better than anything you have listed even using only one core. using a multi-threaded encoder there is no contest. this would be quite a good upgrade choice. it is 2.66ghz by the way.
What? Link. A low end cpu claiming to beat a high end AMD cpu is quite a bold claim without backup.
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