2008 Jan 4
Salute to my system integrator (cooltechpc.com) who managed to get the P5K mobo swapped out for the P5E and burned in, and the system returned to me in a week!
I haven’t really been leaning that hard on this system, but it seems solid as a rock compared to all the flaky performance I reported in my recent blog entries.
On the Ableton Live forum there’s a performance thread where you can download a Set and run it to compare your system’s performance to other configurations. The result of about 26% CPU usage that I get seems to fall in line with other people with 2.4 GHz Core 2 Quad / ASUS P5E / 2GB DDR-500 RAM setups.
One tiny annoyance I’ve been noticing: occasionally the mouse will “stick” just for a second when attempting to adjust a control. I get the feeling it’s some kind of process swapping problem that I might be able to fix with minor tweakage (e.g. Background vs. Programs option in Performance). In any case I can now run projects that would cause my 2 GHz Pentium 4 system to fall over badly.
update on 2011 Feb 12
I am still running this mobo without a care in the world. Also still running Windows XP. As far as I;m concerned, I’d be happy if I didn’t ever have to use any later version of Windows ever. I have updated the P5E’s BIOS a few times (currently at version 1201), and gone to 4 x 1GB DRAM, which was well worth it.
Things were going so well I decided to investigate the overclockability of this system. I’m currently running it at 2.94 GHz (the Q6600 chip runs at 2.40 GHz by default) without any problems whatsoever. Other people have pushed it to the low 3.x GHz range but I don’t have any interest in doing that at present. The 4GB DRAM seems to be useful, especially since I am now using a software drum package called BFD Drums that uses a huge amount of memory.
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