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Canada Computers Content Creator X2 Workstation System Review

Canada Computers Content Creator X2 Workstation System Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Built around a e 2.4GHz dual core Athlon64 X2 4800+ CPU, and pre-installed with Microsoft WindowsXP Professional, the system should have plenty of potential pixel kicking power.
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External Mfg. Website: Canada Computers Aug 31 2005   C. Sun  
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Final Verdict on the Content Creator X2

Parallel processing has long been around in high end workstations and servers equipped with multiple processors. With entry level workstations and desktop PCs, using more than one processor up until now has not been necessary. Both Intel and AMD are now looking towards using multiple processors to usher in a new era of computing, so we're all going to see a lot more dual, quad, or even oct processor configurations in the future.

With all the interest surrounding dual core processors, it's actually the business world that will get the biggest boost initially, mainly because its programs are built to work on muli-processing environments. If the applications that you use are not written to use more than one processor, you will not get any performance benefit... but nor will there be a performance penalty either. AMD has been quite forthcoming about this information, and that is why it recommends gaming enthusiasts stick with single core CPUs, as does PCSTATS. For the most part, dual core processors are a waste in gaming systems since the vast majority of games are single threaded applications.

The Canada Computers Content Creator X2 + SLI Bundle is definitely the ultimate machine for the multimedia user involved in creating content. Based around the powerful AMD Athlon64 X2 4800+ processor, the system is an absolute powerhouse. The supporting hardware Canada Computers assembled into this PC is equally impressive; an Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard, two Gigabyte GV-NX68T256DH (6800GT) videocards running in SLI, 2GB of OCZ PC-3200 DDR RAM, and a pair of 250GB Western Digital Serial ATA II HDDs are all enclosed in the monolithic black Antec Titan 550 Server case.

The Content Creator X2 is a very impressive machine and with a retail price of $3400 CDN, you really do get the best components on the market. Please keep in mind that this machine is built for multimedia purposes rather than gaming performance, that is why the benchmarks are more "office/workstation" centric. The build quality of the Content Creator X2 is very high and it is more than simply using high quality parts. Looking inside we see that Canada Computers has done an excellent job with cable management and tying up loose ends.

While we are very pleased with most of the system and how it performed, we do have a few qualms with how Canada Computers set the system up. First considering how important data is on workstation PCs, we were surprised to see that Canada Computers set up the HDDs in a RAID 0 configuration. A RAID 1 array would have been more appropriate. Data integrity is vital in the business world after all! Next and also with the hard drives, the Content Creator X2 would probably benefit from running through the native NF4 Serial ATA II channels instead of the Silicon Image Sil3114 Serial ATA I/RAID controller which goes through the PCI bus.

On the whole, the performance of the Canada Computers Content Creator X2 + SLI Bundle system was outstanding, it is easily the fastest system we have ever tested period. Hardly suprising given the thoroughbred hardware used to build it! In the office style benchmarks like SYSmark 2004, Content Creation 2004 and Business Winstone 2004 we see huge numbers. Other 3D programming-centric benchmarks like Maya and Cinebench 2003 show that running with a dual core processor really does increase performance nicely over previous platforms. The key point being that the software must be SMP compatible, of course.

If you are in the market for the ultimate multimedia machine, Canada Computers can definitely deliver the goods with the Content Creator X2. It's a wickedly fast computer packed with the top of the line hardware!

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Contents of Article: Canada Computers Content Creator X2
 Pg 1.  Canada Computers Content Creator X2 Workstation System Review
 Pg 2.  Content Creation Power House: Up Close and Personal
 Pg 3.  Hardware Selection in the Content Creator X2
 Pg 4.  HDD Configuration and SLI Graphics
 Pg 5.  The Heart of the CCx2 - Athlon64 X2 4800+
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004, Winstone 2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Super Pi, Hexus piFast, Cinebench 2003
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: ScienceMark 2.0, POVRay, SPECviewperf 8.0
 Pg 9.  64 Bit Benchmarks: Maya Render Test, AMD DiVX Encoder Benchmark, Minigzip
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2005, PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05, UT2003
 Pg 12.  — Final Verdict on the Content Creator X2

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