“Since regular video editi


“Since regular video editing does not tap processor speed like full-on
3D or serious heavy-duty CAD, the primary processor never exceeds the
threshold. In other words, it handleseverything within the primary
processor itself, and never ‘calls for backup.'”


Actually, I’m not surprised after reading that. To really get a feel for what the Z800 could do on the video side you’d need to do some hardcore VFX compositing with AFX or better yet Nuke. When I first mentioned the Z800 to you I said it was for ‘serious finishing work’. Apparently, ‘Jes’ bears that out.

“… Now scratching my head as to why none of the benchmark utilities woke up the extra cores either.”

If the primary core is able to handle much of the initial heavy lifting percentage, then it is not unreasonable for the benchmarks you currently use didn’t cause the unit to ‘break a sweat’. Load up a densely nested HD AFX comp and see how it performs during preview and in the render queue or toss in a 3D HD quality scene from Blender with lighting fx, grass and hair/fur with some water fx and you’ll probably get a rise out of the extra cores. If it doesn’t, that’s scary because that means the unit should be capable of doing some mega-lifting and is far beyond the needs of the micro to small sized production house. On the otherhand, it would be very nice to have one machine that could do the work of a small to medium-sized renderfarm for $10k.

Oh, and Norman with all of this discussion I have already begun investigating components for a in-house build of a comparable rig. I’ll keep you appraised.

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