Ivy bridge or sandy bridge-e?

Hi there,
I’m planning to build a new DAW. What would you recommend?
Is sandy bridge-e worth the extra money?

I’ve heard that PCI bandwith could be an issue. Is this right?

I’m planning to use my old MOTU-424 and a UAD2-Quad, maybe someday a second one.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, Matze!

it depends on your needs.
sandy e is about 40% faster
are you a composer? if so then Sandy E

just tracking mixing and not crazy stupid with plug ins then Ivy/sandy

if your Motu is PCI its not happening you have to do the trade in for PCIe regardless of platform
UAD 2 should be fine assuming you get the right mobo.

Hey, thanks.
The 424 is allready PCIe.

Cheers, Matze!

Why is that?

I run an i7 8320 on an ASRock X79 Extreme4 board and that still has two PCI slots. I have an old RME HDSP PCI and an very old UAD-1 PCI running and that works like a charm.

Is an i7 8320 an Ivy Bridge or a Sandy Bridge E?


8320? Must be a typo. i7-3820 is Sandy-E, though: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_i7_microprocessors#.22Sandy_Bridge.22_.2832_nm.29

Yes, that was a typo. I meant a 3820 of course.

The Hammerfall runs well but I have a problem with the UAD-1. It would work but I’d have to reinstall the driver every time after boot to make the UAD-software recognize the card. I’m about to look after that at the weekend and see if this is a problem with the board, the driver or Win7.

But the RME is working fine in the PCI legacy slot.

The UAD-1 now works (was a driver issue) and not only that, a second UAD-1 works with a PCI-to-PCIe adapter as well. I now have my RME HDSP and one UAD-1 working in the two PCI-slots and a second (PCI) UAD-1 running via an adapter in a PCIe slot as well.

I still don’t see any reason why to ditch PCI. It just works.