I imagine this has been asked before but I am struggling to find specifics.
I am looking to build a new DAW in the coming months.
I am looking at dual E5 2697 V3 or over clocked i7 5960x.Running at 4.1GHz
I have always built my own systems before but I might order one from Scan or one of the other DAW specialists.
If I go for the i7 it will free up some money to add an octo UAD card (currently have a quad with about 90% of their software) and some other peripherals, new screens and all that fun stuff so I am quite happy either way. A 56 thread monster or a very fast DAW and some other new kit.
I know previous versions of Cubase always favoured the first core the most and if that hit it’s limit it would tend to throttle the whole system performance, so server/workstation type set ups seemed not to perform as well as a fast consumer level workstation. Also as more cores are running in the E5 the overall clock speed drops for all cores to the bass line speed which is 2.6 GHz in this CPU.
And here is the problem, if Cubase still isn’t that efficient in it’s multicore use and the first core is going to limit before all 28 cores are active I might be better having less cores and a much faster clock speed.
I am currently running an i7-2600K quad core at 3.4 GHz and have to freeze a fair amount of channels in a production/mix situation. Purely mixing isn’t so bad as I am using less virtual synths but I to tend to freeze or render to free up more UAD DSP or CPU DSP. So I want a fair bit more power and I will be adding one or two UAD octos in at some point regardless of this decision. There is a chance the E5s are a bit of overkill at the moment but if Pro 8 is handling multicore well this set up would give me a fair amount of future proofing.
Any advice or opinions here would be greatly appreciated.