Early this morning my replacement RAM came. I must admit, I was very anxious about this. After such a streak of bad luck with hardware, I was hoping nothing else bad would happen...
So, I took the old working stick out of slot 2 and replaced it with one new module then powered up the machine. Thankfully the system booted up fine, no errors and 16gb was showing. A good start. Next it was to power down the machine and insert the second module into slot 4, power the machine up and keep an eye on the motherboard.
The only thing about this motherboard I don't like, is there's no error code with numerical / alphabetical codes. Which would make it easier to diagnose anything because you'll have a big flashing code with something like "A4" or "00" showing. For this board there are 4 small lights located next to the 24pin power connector that flash in a sequence for CPU > RAM > VGA > BOOT. If any of the lights stay on it might indicate an issue.
As the machine booted it detected the new module and let me boot into bios (BTW the bios on this board is really good).I was getting ready for the worst then all of a sudden, there it was, 32gb of glorious RAM. Before I got too excited I logged into Windows to double check the task manager and CPU-Z. Everything looked great 32gb of useable RAM. Great success!
With it being NYE, I would sit and do the AMD Benchmarks using DAW Bench, but as you can understand, I've got a lot on today in preparation for next year. Mainly consuming ludicrous amounts of beer. Somehow I don't think the results would end up being too accurate... But for now here are the results from my old rig.
BTW for those of you who have not heard of DAW Bench, it's a set of project files you can download for Cubase, Pro Tools, Reaper and Studio One. Click here for a link to the website and files.
"This Benchmark is a combination of Low Latency, High Track Count, and Extreme DSP Loadings. Heavily dependant on CPU, Memory and Audio Interface Driver Efficiency"
My old rig had an i7 4770 running at 3.4ghz (despite it showing as 3.8ghz in task manager) 16gb of DDR3 running at a blistering 1600mhz! Even though this rig is ancient by todays standards, it actually works really, really well. The thing with computers, you don't always need the latest and greatest to get the job done. My old setup was perfect for the kind of work I used to do.
Anyway, without walking off the beaten path... For these tests I'm only interested in comparing the CPU performance. With the old rig, I'd predominantly have Cubase running it's 32bit engine with projects at 48k in 24bit. But for this I decided to run Cubase with it's 64bit engine to really test things out.
Using DAW Bench, I opened the project file DAW-Bench-DSP-C7-RXC-EXT then enabled each instance of Rexacomp one-by-one (while playing back the project) until I got audio breakups and drop-outs. Then I'd disable an instance at a time, until the project stabilised, then count how many instances were enabled and record the number. This was tested across 6 different buffer settings.
As you can see, the results were underwhelming. But the question is, how much better will the 1800x be? You'll have to wait and see... I hope you enjoy the celebrations later on this evening and I'll be back next year to post the 1800x results along with a little video!