for the uses you a re describing **and in which i am also dabbling***..
under former powerhouses...
> Your not the only one. I have VHS tapes I turn into AVI then MPEG and onto
> VCD. I also do a ton of multi-track recording. Speed is a very good thing.
> Tons of hard drive space is a very good thing. Ton's of RAM is a very good
>>>no one needs any of this speed anymore at this point in time...
>>I need it. Why do I need it? I am doing MPEG-2 Encodes of 2 hour videos
>>can take 15 hours of processing time for a Multi-Pass with Variable
>>That means I have to WAIT 15 hours to check my results and keep it or toss
>>Am I the only one with this need? There are many users out there. Check
>>All these people need the speed and disk space. My last capture of a
>>Video created a single one-hour video that was a 12.5GB file. The best
>>and Audio applications will not run on Windows 98 and require Windows XP
>>with 512MB considered entry level. Some of these people have 1GB of
>>and even higher.
>>Who are these users? You'd be surprised how many novices are trying to
>>but there are all levels and it ranges from hobby to professionals and
>>engineers. With all the consumer, prosumer, and pro camcorders out there,
>>more users are capturing their videos and authoring them onto VCD, SVCD,
>>>computers are fast enough as stand alone devices...but progress is
>>>progress and it is nice to have faster newer stuff as long as you can
>>Remember when Intel came out with its first 1GHz processor? It seemed like
>>the speed war was back on the front burner with AMD. Then, the P4 broke
>>through 2GHz and now you can get a 2GHz PC for one-third the cost of a 386
>>PC 12 years ago. As the speeds climbed to 3GHz, it seemed it would keep
>>escalating forever. But that has not happened. The CPU speeds have peeked
>>around 3GHz and Intel is opting to spend time re-engineering the
>>Bus speeds so that memory access will be vastly improved with delays
>>falling. So we are taking a break in the processor speed war to fix the
>>Memory to CPU bottleneck problem. During this period, the cost of over
>>PCs will come down further. The end result will be a vast improvement in
>>average PC handling complex and difficult applications. Not too many years
>>ago, you needed a Silicon Graphics workstation to do what is now reachable
>>to a wider audience.
>>(1) Networkers (ie. Gigabit Ethernet)
>>(2) Multimedia Applications (eg. MPEG compression algorithms)
>>(3) Database Access
>>The above includes a lot of users, especially if you have read Variety
>>recently where Games is a huge money makers and game revenues exceeds
>>box office revenues in the US.
>>> what people really need in "first world" countries is faster online
>>>access into every home.. it is the last mile that is the bottleneck. 56
>>>k modems should be obsoleted just like 14.4 modems were...
>>I can't disagree that its what the majority wants. But its not the only
>>item on most hot item lists!
>>>>Supply and Demand are always at work in determining pricing.
>>>>But the sweet spot is what governs the general pricing on memory from
>>>>manufacturing point of view.
>>>>Sweet Spot = What memory types the manufacturers are tooled up for, to
>>>>out in large quantities, at the lowest per unit price. Not too long
>>>>was DRAM in 72-pin SIMM packaging. Then it changed to SDRAM in DIMM
>>>>packaging. Now DDR-SDRAM, and that's also changing as the mobo
>>>>Bus speeds ramps up to 800MHz and higher (overclocked version of
>>>>been announced). Why? Apple is going that route, Sun is going that
>>>>IBM is going that route. Its engineering trying to ring-out
>>>>design and memory bus speeds definitely slow down the coupling between
>>>>and memory access. Cache is like a band-aid to help alleviate the
>>>>but the better solution is to make the highways bigger and faster.
>>>>The reason for the speed is not to help GeoWrite or Word be quicker
>>>>for Networking and Video.