- OUR PROBLEM:
Hi everyone! This is AudioTrend. Please let me start
We all know that CPU is the most IMPORTANT thing in our computers when it comes to DAW performance. Synths, sample libraries, and effects hugely rely on it. Choosing RAM, SSD or HDD for our purposes is generally not a big problem. However, things are getting harder when you start choosing a CPU. I found that there are almost no fresh comparisons of different CPUs in terms of audio processing performance. For gamers and video creators there are tons of benchmarks, but generally no useful tests for us, audio engineers and music producers.
Therefore, it is HARD to make a right decision choosing CPU for your audio workstation PC.
So I came up with the idea to create some sort of HUGE database where EVERYONE can test his CPU and submit the result for everyone to see it. This way we will HELP others and ourselves choosing the most appropriate CPU for audio needs.
- DO I NEED IT?
Just think about it. You may not need that information right now because you are pretty OK with your current system. But imagine how glad you will be in future when you will think about upgrading your outdated CPU and knowing that there is SUCH database like this. It will save you TONS of time and effort.
I was thinking about making this test fast and easy for everyone. I know most of us don’t have a lot of spare time. After some research, I finally found a FREE synth and a FREE effect. Both are CPU-hungry and easy-to-setup. Actually, it was pretty difficult to find such plugins available for Win32, Win64 and Mac at the same time. We got “SGA1566 Tube Preamp” EFFECT and “Tyrell N6” SYNTH.
I downloaded versions for 3 systems to my Google Disk (Win32, Win64, and macOS). I did it because we all want everyone to run a test with EXACT SAME copies of these VSTs (not modified, updated, etc). So please don’t download these plugins from anywhere else. You may not worry about the viruses - Google automatically searching for viruses once you click download. You can additionally upload them to Virustotal if you wish. Also, I have to add that it is highly important that everyone does exactly SAME things during this experiment if we want to get relatively objective and useful results. Here’s how I suggest running the test.
- HOW TO:
I spent about 2 days designing the experiment and building a nice Google form. So you should go to GOOGLE FORMS and complete ALL the steps RIGHT THERE (the link is below). One step is done? Right away reply to the question in the Google Form. I will post all the steps here just to show what this test looks like. You can ALSO duplicate your results here, but it is ESSENTIAL to INPUT your data into Google FORM. That way we will get TONS of useful data and then ANALYZE it using Google Sheets.
When we will get some decent number of completed tests - I will post the raw data in one of the formats: XLSX (Excel), CSV, ODS or PDF. Then you can open it and easily sort all the results by CPU name and GET that DESIRED information! You can also send me an e-mail and I will make sure to send you the data in a first place!
The more people participate - the sooner I will post that full data!
- EASIER THAN IT SEEMS:
You may feel that there are a lot of letters in the post but actually, the test is pretty SIMPLE and QUICK. You will see it for yourself.
- THE MAIN PAGE:
Link to the experiment itself - http://bit.ly/DAW-CPU-DATABASE
OR CLICK THE BUTTON
The most important thing is to CONDUCT the EXPERIMENT in GOOGLE FORMS, not here or somewhere else.
- SHORT PLAN i.e. WHAT TO EXPECT:
The first page contains several easy questions about your software and hardware.
On the second page you will find 2 plugins and some quick recommendations to prepare (really quick!)
The third page is a SYNTH test (takes about 1 minute to complete)
The next step is a combined SYNTH + EFFECT test (takes even less time - just about 30 seconds)
And the final test is called MAX LOAD (may take from 20 seconds to 2 minutes depending on your CPU)
Last 3 steps contain short video walk-throughs in case you not sure how to do it right.
- THAT’S IT!
As you can see this test should take no more than 5 minutes of your time.
- CONCLUSIONS - PROFIT FOR EVERYONE
If EACH of us will participate in that experiment we will get tons of useful information.
You may ask “What will I get by doing the test?”
You will get an amazing database allowing you to compare how good or bad different CPUs for music production and sound engineering purposes.
One day you will need to get a newer CPU and you will be happy to have such highly useful database.
As I said before, there is almost no such info on the web. So we are building a pretty exclusive thing here together.
And also, this is wonderful that by doing this test you are making a decent contribution to the worldwide sound producer’s community.
- GREAT! WHAT NEXT?
You can conduct the experiment right away, you got the link
One more thing: it is HIGHLY important to keep this thread alive in order to get more and more NEW CONTRIBUTIONS!
You may post here a lot of useful things:
- your thoughts on the whole idea
- your ideas
- your results
- criticism, ideas to change/fix something
- anything related to the topic