Need to build a new DAW i7 or Xeon?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by rocker73, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. rocker73

    rocker73 Active Member

    Nov 26, 2005
    North west, England
    I have got to the point where i need to build a new PC as a DAW as my old Athlon machine just wont cut it anymore with all the new software i am running
    i.e. Superior Drummer 2.0, EZKeys, Pod Farm plugins etc. Also I want to upgrade to using Pro Tools 10.

    The question is for Audio am i better with a xeon or an i7?

    The two chips listed below are both within my budget for a CPU of aroun £250 so which would be better in a DAW?
    Any help much appreciated!

    Intel Xeon E3-1270 V2, Ivy Bridge, S1155, Quad Core 3.5GHz, 8MB Smart Cache, 35x Ratio, 69W, Retail

    Intel Core i7 3770K,1155, Ivy Bridge, Quad Core, 3.5GHz, 5 GT/s DMI, 650MHz GPU, 8MB Smart Cache, 35x Ratio, 77W,Retail

  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I just got myself a new i 7 but my buddy and former engineering supervisor at NBC radio likes the Xeon. But you don't find Xeon processors in your average high-end laptop. But if you're building up a desktop machine, I'd say go for the Xeon. Its primary design was for servers and so is quite robust. It was developed for another market that required longevity and stability. And I would imagine those processors are less prone to failure. Mike runs his ProTools 10 on his Xeon. Others run their ProTools on i 7's. And I'm sure other folks here will give you other reasons for their decisions.

    Not as computer savvy as others here
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  3. tstoneman

    tstoneman Active Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    My two cents as well. Both will run the SW you listed finel but Remy hit it on the head. Xeons are built to be robust and reliable in professional environments. i series are built for speed and consumer machines. All that said, an i7 is a screamer for gaming and other apps.
    I've used Xeons forever (8 years) on two workstations running Nuendo and a boatload of NI and Toontrack stuff and not a single issue.

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