O-kay, I just had a dismal showing for the system I have, which is very similar to the Dual Opteron listed directly above this post...
(Iv'e got the slower 2.2GHz Opteron 275s and my disk subsystem is NOTHING like Geoff's awesome set up! )
I have a few problems.
1.Wrong version of PSCS?:
I'm running PSCS or PS8 not CS2.. action runs, but I can;'t find any indication what version this test was intended for.
2. PSCS Limited to 2GB RAM?:
This seems to mean that even with PSCS set to use 100% memory, it will only address a little under half? (1.8GB as opposed to the full 4GB available? )
3. CPU's not being used:
On THIS test, PSCS does not seem to want to use all the CPU power available? When I actually use PSCS for editing, I see my CPUs redline all the time, particularly using the same Gaussian blur filter that this speed test uses and seems to bog down the most. In my real world Guassian tests, I fly through them with CPU utilization bumping 100%, .. here it seems to stop dead on this same filter, with CPU barely bumping 14% ??
For the duration of this test the CPU's never seemed to go up above perhaps 65% usage.. and more often was way below 50%
(**EDIT after setting to 1 history state this changes a lot, CPUS are relined often enough, until that last blur filter)
I'm assuming this is hard drive IO related, (**even after the history state revelation I still think this) and indeed, I have yet to install any separate scratch disks for this system, that coupled with the fact that PSCS is ignoring half the installed RAM seems to mean a much more disk intensive action.
I ran it a second time with the history states at 1, and even so, that least Gaussian blur filter, CPUS were down at 0% - 10% for a full 15-20 seconds, memory dropped from 1.8GB down to under 500MB, and the system just seems to hang there, (disk IO was not even flashing, and drives were idle)
Score as of now: 1minute 48 seconds.
So I'm actually already approaching Leo's awesome PowerMac G5, and currently I'm doing this with only a single physical hard drive array (two 400GB drives in RAID1 mirrored)
I think if I could get PSCS to use more ram and get away from the disk IO, and thus let the action take full advantage of the currently Idle CPU time, I would be in much better shape,