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#1 2004-03-19 19:55:22

Registered: 2004-02-04
Posts: 155

Whats the best chip for running Arch on?

I might be doing a bunch of DVD transcoding (using dvd::rip and transcode), so I was thinking of getting a box dedicated to that task.  It took my Athlon XP 2100+ about 6 hours to create a 1GB xvid file of an ole black and white movie I have on DVD.  The quality was good, but 6 hours was a bit much. 

I also have P4 1.8 Ghz that will be running Arch by the end of this weekend, so maybe I can make a transcoder "cluster".

Would a dual P3 or a AMD 64-bit chip run faster?  Or maybe a superfast P4?

just curious, thx!


#2 2004-03-20 04:02:26

From: Hamilton, ON Canada
Registered: 2003-08-07
Posts: 221

Re: Whats the best chip for running Arch on?

If you have the money to go all out, I'd recommend either an Athlon 64 FX or a Pentium 4 Extreme Edition.


#3 2004-03-20 04:08:28

From: New Jersey
Registered: 2003-07-26
Posts: 507

Re: Whats the best chip for running Arch on?

If you have your heart set on Arch, I wouldn't get a 64bit chip. There is no 64bit Arch version, so you won't get full speed. It'd be a waste of money.

So I'd get a fast P4 or AthlonXP. I have a P4, not that it matters.

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#4 2004-03-20 07:23:00

From: Middle of Canada
Registered: 2002-08-20
Posts: 2,975

Re: Whats the best chip for running Arch on?

"clustering" your transcode operations may make it go faster but it may not. upping your ram  would help a bit too. but a standard two hour movie will still take a bit of time. a regular movie take smy computer (XP 1800+) about three hours. and that is to the highest resolution possible with no trimming.

(transcode -i /dev/cdroms/cdrom0 -x dvd -g 720x480 -M 2 -V -j 16,0 - -B 2,0 -s 4.47 -U daredevil -y xvid -w 1759 -f23.976024      is an example of the settings i used in transcode for my ripping of my daredevil dvd)

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