Hi there people, long time no see
I recently built a new music computer and I am mighty pleased.I basically upgraded everything including audio card and os (went from winxp 32 to win7 64)During this process I’ve encountered some strange things that I wanted to share in case some of you are stuck with the same “problems” or might be in the near future when you upgrade your machine/os.BTW the only os tweaks I’ve applied is “optimize for background services” and turning off hpet and eist (powersaving things) in the bios.
So here goes:
Weirdness 1: Activating Steinbergs suggested power scheme in Cubase 6 (both 32 and 64 bit versions) causes audio spikes and a lot of them. Even on small cpu easy projects at 128 samples of latency.
Turning it off and choosing the standard “high power” power scheme in win7 64 takes care of the audio spikes even on huge projects with latencies as low as 32 samples.This has been giving me headaches since I had the machine up and running because I trusted that this “steinberg power scheme” was something I would want to have turned on and that it in someway must be better tweaked for music than the standard win7 power plans/schemes.Well it is certainly not so on my machine, so be sure to check this tip out if you have trouble with audio/cpu spikes.
Weirdness 2: Turning HT on or off has no effect on performance/spikes whatsoever even on low latencies. I understood it like “HT is not supported so don’t use it”, but it seems to me like it doesn’t matter much, and believe me I know how to stress my Cubase system, hehe.With HT on I see 8 cores with load distributed evenly between the cores.Same with HT off, exept then I/win7 only see 4 cores.Other than this I am a really happy camper now.
64 bit os/Cubase and 16 gig of ram REALLY outshines 32 bit os/Cubase and 4 gig of ram where 2 gig has already been stripped away by the os and the graphic card LOL