Performance and Conclusion
Like most anyone upgrading from one PC to another, I’m interested in how this rig compares to its predecessor. The general impression, doing day to day work, is one of great improvement. The ability to run much higher resolutions and have quicker reactions, especially when spinning 3D rendered models, is a major improvement.
Because these two rigs are now networked together, running comparison tests was quite simple. Following quick descriptions of the two are results from benchmarks ran on this pair of liquid-cooled duallies.
More than a year has passed since the idea of this project was first drawn up on a bar napkin. The year worked to my favor, because the case was finished at a good time to take advantage of the industry’s advancements. The dual Xeons are a big improvement over my other rig’s 2400MP’s, but it doesn’t stop there. Using the Wildcat4 and Chaintech cards let me pump up monitor resolutions way beyond what the Parhelia allowed. The storage system, with RAID5, a great controller and fast SATA drives is a major improvement over the older ATA RAID0 system I used before. Even the more robust cooling system runs quieter and at lower temps than the previous Innovatek based system.
It seems that every couple of years is a good time to replace a computer, in my case anyway. I’m sure this one one will last a couple years, but hope to see you again for BaDassIII.