So I need to look for 66 MHz/64-bit card then?
You could do that, you might be able to ebay something cheap that would fully use your PCI-X.
Well PCI-E x4 is 800MB/s in one direction and and 1600MB/s in both.
So it's way faster then PCI-X why it's pointless, the Promise card is only 1/3rd cheaper than PCI-E x8 card.
PCIe x4 is actually closer to 1GB/sec in each direction. My point was that an x8 card would be pointless, not an x4. If you found a "x8 RAID" card for that kind of price and it's not used then it sucks, no way around that. You can't get a real RAID card for that kind of money.
I will use the PC to render file sequences to a single M-Jpeg file streams, since the file format is proprietary there is no GPU acceleration possible as far as I know. PCI-E even x4 card would allow me to use 2x SSD hard disks for total of 400MB/S read and write speeds it would not be wasted. This motherboard does not have SATA II ports so by using the 2 on the RAID card I could connect storage disks of 2TB or larger in RAID1.
While M-Jpeg is pretty fast, you are still probably going to be CPU limited before disk. Is format conversion all you do, or is there any other processing involved? While GPUs can sometimes be used to assist with video transcoding, the CPU matters a lot and yours are slow.
I don't have any numbers yet but the previous owner of this PC got a new sistem with:
Intel i5 3.20Ghz, with turbo feature 3.4Ghz 4MB cache,
DDR3 4GB RAM
WD SATA III 2TB HDD BlackArmor
Nvidia GT460 1Gb
The new PC system is slower ! So if you never had dual xeon at that clock rate then you perhaps can't compare it right?
If that system is slower than yours then there is something very wrong with it. It should be much faster than what you have.
And yes, I do have a high clocked P4-Xeon that I own. I also have several at work. My personal one is a dual 3.6 so almost as fast as what you have. Insane disk too, 6 X 15K SCSI on a real LSI controller. A cheap ass dual core Celeron
absolutely kicks it's ass. It's not even close, the Celeron wipes the floor with it on anything CPU limited.
I suggest you look at some benchmarks of high end P4s VS core2 and above.