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    That's because Autodesk doesn't generally move quickly on things like this. Since they introduced subscriptions they operate on the assumption that everybody has it and will always upgrade to the new version, so things get introduced in new versions.

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    Great Info Andrew, I specially like the way you summarize tons of tech details into a couple of key variables for the non-techie crowd.

    You might have already thought about this, and its certainly no easy task, but it would be great if you could get to benchmark your builds (HW loan maybe) with some of the most used sw. Tom's, Anand and a few others publish workstation hw reviews from time to time but there is no single site out there that specializes in this (specially unbiased ones).
    You could even create a few "Performance Indexes" to normalize the performance of the builds and make it much easier for people to grasp the performance gains vs price.

    Keep up the good work

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    would love some benchmarks to go with this
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    You don't mention UPS's - I can vouch for APC.
    Ive owned many UPS's in the past and the APC range (650 minimum) are a tier above the rest. Don't go cheap on the UPS, it will save your a$$ many times.

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    That's a great point.

    One other thing I haven't touched on yet is laptops, but I saw one yesterday when I went in to Micro Center to run Cinebench on a bunch of computers (CGArchitect: we get kicked out of stores so you don't have to!) that made me say something like "What the heck, they can do that now?!" 17" 1080p LED screen, Core i7, 8GB, Radeon 5870 and a Blu Ray drive for $1500! Downside: it's enormous. 2.25" thick, 7.5 pound nominal.

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    Thanks AJ. I am looking into a new system right now. And I think I am going for another macpro. I hope this doesn't sound silly, but will I really notice a difference between the 2.66ghz and the 2.93ghz? Or I guess, is it worth the extra 1200 bucks?

    BTW, your 3DATS Tech Talk is a great idea and very informative to those of us who are not in the the know, specifically when it comes to hardware setups.

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    2nd the laptop idea!

    I am trying hard to convince my work to get me a laptop for doing 3d renderings with AutoCAD 2010. I am the only person in the company needing something so powerful and I want something to work at night and weekends on to meet deadlines but they are stuck on a desktop. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

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    Christopher:

    The render speed is proportional to the GHz when the CPUs are from the same line. 2.66GHz to 2.93GHz is a 10% improvement. Probably not worth $1200.

    Chris: Look for something with an i7 CPU if you intend to do a lot of mental ray, or a fast Core 2 Duo, a decent (ATi/AMD or nVidia, not Intel) video card with a lot of "real" memory (none of this "1024MB of video memory (32MB dedicated)" crap, because the non-"dedicated" part is coming out of your system RAM), 4GB or more and a 64-bit version of Windows.

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    This is cool. I'm running the numbers on the Cinebench data I've collected and the mobile i7 chip threw everything out of whack by being absolutely terrible in the multi-threaded efficiency area. It didn't make sense so I investigated and found that its Turbo Boost multiplier is 1/1/6/9. Translated, that means that if it needs to use 3 or 4 cores it can add 133MHz to the **** speed, but if it's only using 2 cores it adds (6x133MHz = 798MHz) and when it's using 1 core it adds (9x133MHz = 1197MHz). So if you're doing single-threaded work, you have either a 2.4GHz CPU or 2.8GHz depending on how the OS is handling the CPU. That does make the 1.6GHz i7 less limiting than it seems at first or second glance.

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    Thought I read somewhere that Hex-core chips are coming out, and to the MBP? I think I would strongly consider a laptop for the full on production machine, but the software will inevitably catchup and overheating the thing. just a thought.
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