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Guys using expansion chassis with old G5s, PT7 and PCI-X cards.
Old 4th March 2011
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Guys using expansion chassis with old G5s, PT7 and PCI-X cards.

I've been using an old dual 2 gig G5 with HD3 and PT 7.4. Thinking about getting a old 2.7 dual and an expansion chassis and 3 more PCI-X accel cards and rockin an HD6. Is anyone using that type of set up? How's it run? Any latency? What expansion chassis are you using?
Old 4th March 2011
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At our studio we upgraded our HD3 system from G5s to Mac Pros, so we ended up getting the appropriate Magma Expansion Chassis:

Magma - PCI & PCI Express Expansion Solutions

I don't notice any latency or odd behavior at all. It still runs top notch.
Old 4th March 2011
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At our studio we upgraded our HD3 system from G5s to Mac Pros, so we ended up getting the appropriate Magma Expansion Chassis:

Magma - PCI & PCI Express Expansion Solutions

I don't notice any latency or odd behavior at all. It still runs top notch.
Is a Mac Pro and intel or PPC?
Old 4th March 2011
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It's Intel, we're using the quad core or 8 core 2.2ghz I believe.
Old 4th March 2011
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Wondering how a expansion chassis would run with a PPC G5?
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Wondering how a expansion chassis would run with a PPC G5?
G5, PT8 HD4 Accel PCI-x, 13-slot expansion chassis here... Works great!
Old 4th March 2011
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James, the 2.7 GHz models had numerous issues, mother board failures,
cooling issues. leaks in the liquid cooled radiators, not the best model
to choose.

The 2004 2.0 G5 D.P. PPC remained a rock solid workhorse.
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James, the 2.7 GHz models had numerous issues, mother board failures,
cooling issues. leaks in the liquid cooled radiators, not the best model
to choose.

The 2004 2.0 G5 D.P. PPC remained a rock solid workhorse.
Yes, I still use it for Pro Tools, although I think it's 2005.
Old 4th March 2011
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Wondering the same as I'm still using the rig on a pci-x and wanted to get more cards currently got HD3. In the room I run so im thinking could we get more cards in an Expansion Chassis but then I'm thinking I might as well get the Magma that does pci-x to pci-e and move the system to the intel mac we have need to get another 192 first or another set of AD/DA.
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Yes, I still use it for Pro Tools, although I think it's 2005.
Yeah I'm just gonna keep my 2.0, it's been killer for a longtime and get a magma and some more accel cards. Ready to do some heavy duty mixing.

Im ready when you are Michael.

james
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The Dual 2.3 is also still a solid performer. It didn't have the liquid-cooled processor BS that the 2.5/2.7 had, and all the associated issues. The 2.3 had a slightly quicker frontside bus (1.15GHz vs 1GHz), which was noticeable when I did the upgrade years ago. The 2.3 just seemed snappier using PTHD, and any needed data-crunching (exporting, bouncing) was quicker than the 2.0 by a decent margin. I'm still running the 2.3 with an HD2 rig for tracking, and it still kicks butt.

These machines are still very handy to have around, and super cheap to upgrade.
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