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Hi all!

I have a friend interested in getting his first real workstation to further his productivity in rendering workloads in things like Maya and 3DS Max.

After poking around the options, we are considering 2P Xeon E5's (for 16 Core / 32 Threads), or 4P Opteron (32 Module / 64 Thread) for about the same price.

Now, at first glance in the comparisons, it seems that 2P Opteron (16 Module / 32 Threads) has a 30-40% performance penalty vs 2P Xeon, which seems to indicate a 4P Opteron system would more than close that gap and remain in the same price envelope.

However, it also seems like at certain times, you can run into scaling issues. The benches (I think on Anand or Toms) saw <100% utilization on their 2P Xeon setup when running 3DS Max. In those situtations, single threaded performance would matter in small pockets, which throws me back in favor of Xeon.

Xeon seems like a safe bet in either case, but can anyone make a strong case for the 4P Opteron? Any first hand knowledge from pros out there?

As for GPU, we were considering Quadro 2000 or 4000, depending on the budget.


Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!
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