What processors do you use?

What CPU does your current DAW machine run on?

  • Pentium II
  • Pentium III
  • Celeron
  • Pentium 4 and higher (Core-series processors, Xeon, etc.)
  • Athlon
  • Athlon XP
  • Sempron
  • Athlon 64
  • Athlon 64 X2
  • Opteron

0 voters

If you’ve noticed, schwa has made an executive decision to make his plugins optimized for P4/Athlon64 and higher. He gets a huge performance boost (nearly 2X) due to the intense graphic redraws of his plugs. That doesn’t mean that their aren’t performance gains to be had in DSP processing, though…

So, in thinking about optimizations, it makes sense to know what your customer base is doing. What processors are you guys using? If you’re all on Athlon XPs (which don’t support SSE2), then it doesn’t make any sense to go beyond what I’ve already done. If you’re all running big ol’ quad-core processors and Athlon64 X2s, then maybe I should bite the bullet and follow schwa.

Here’s a poll…vote if you would. I just need to know what processor your DAW is running on.



AMD Sempron, it’s not on that list… Hehe. I know it’s not a DAW-prosessor, but it’s mine…


Added Sempron to the list, which blew away the existing poll counts.


Never mind, I guess.


Mobile is a P4 3.06ghz Toshiba
My Desktop System is AMD Athlon XP 2400+
(soon to be upgraded I hope)


Main music PC (slightly old now, but works) AMD AthlonXP300+

newer laptop (at the beginning rather lousy performance with Vista, now better) AMD Turion™ 64 dual core (with 32-bit Vista though)