jon@classicsounduk wrote:Hi Conan,
We seem to have gone full circle here…. the very fact that I was wanting to use Merging Recommended motherboards was the reason for my original post!
There is only one motherboard currently recommended for masscore systems ! it is discontinued and no longer available.
For those of us recording high track count DSD projects , I for one, do not want to return to the days when on session you felt that the PC was on the verge of going into cardiac arrest with mass core overs and crash. It's not pleasant, i can assure you.
I started work in this industry working for Decca Record Company London. At that time they had a good reputation for quality and sound excellence. I was working initially alongside guys who had a massive amount of knowledge and experience. They were not arrogant, but always striving for improvement and sonic excellence. There were numerous stories of when Decca bought Studer A80 analogue machines and Neumann Cutting lathes. After delivery but before they were used, they would be taken apart and tweaked and modified for optimal performance. They were not critical of Studer or Neumann, but with their additional knowledge they wanted something better.
I certainly realise that times have changed, but with the arrival of Ravenna networks it is very easy to hang another workstation off the network in order to soak test on recording.
With no available recommended motherboards from merging, a little of the Old Decca pioneering spirit, and the knowledge of a forum like this, I welcome Mark's suggestions. There is always a risk versus reward element here (just like there was on the golf course this morning!) It may not be for everyone , and you need to understand the inner working of PCs, but it if works, it keeps us in business and its very rewarding.
I have good clients requesting high track count DSD recordings. I need the flexibility of more mass core PCs. I already have a suitable non-recomended motherboard so for the cost of a CPU at £275 UK GBP or $350 US it's a no-brainer for me.
If you have found an alternative and proceeding with the 4th/5th Generation Intel Processor, and found a non-certified board with equivalent specifications that can cater for your production. That would be good news.
I would suggest to move forward with better and faster technology if you would like to enter the 6th Generation Intel processor market for your production.
Merging has certified the following mainboards "GA-Z170X-UD3 & ASUS Z170M PLUS" (Not shown on Merging's Website yet).
However you would require RTX64 2014 Service Pack 2 for MassCore compatibility and integration, which is currently included in Pyramix V10.1
The release of Pyramix V10.1 is imminent, and not far away.
The benefits of 6th Generation Intel Processors and the Z170 Chipsets include, Faster Ram clock speeds (DDR4) etc.
Also as for the processor, Merging has tested the Intel 6700k with HyperThreading with no MassCore issues.
As for best performance in graphics, especially if users decide to zoom or operate video. The ATI FirePro would be essential and recommended as apart of your new build.