The RME Reference PCs
RME receives daily requests, which configuration and hardware may be best suited for audio editing and processing with a PC. We therefore decided to dedicate an own Tech Info page to this topic. Instead of discussing numerous hardware lists and (im-) possible configurations, we restrict to showing exemplary completed systems of which the single components will be described in detail. The assembling of the systems was based on the following criteria:
The last item is nothing new to experienced PC users. It doesn't matter what you buy today, tomorrow it will be outdated. Even worse: you can't increase the performance substantially by exchanging some components (such as the CPU), you have to exchange the whole system in order to achieve a significant gain in processing power. We don't worry about upgrade CPUs or DIY mainboard modifications. Those modifications often cost a lot of time and nerves while leading to small performance improvements in comparison to a new system which really makes the difference.
Detailed information for optimal configuration of Windows 9x can be found in the Tech Info Tuning Tips for Low Latency operation. Fortunately Windows 2000 and XP run perfectly right out of the box, the only tweak necessary is to change them to background operation.
The RME Reference PCs 2003
The computer systems described below have been assembled
by our partner Ticomsys
and are in daily use by many costumers - each time with great success. The
computers are built for highest compatibility, nevertheless offer an amazing
The RME Reference PCs 2002
In 2002, for several reasons we did not feel comfortable
to present an AMD-based computer as Reference PC. This had a number of reasons:
lasting problems and bugs with almost every chipset for AMD processors,
alternative chipsets were still too new, and some motherboards had unexplained
incompatibilities or quality problems. And besides any performance advantages
of the AMD processors, they were only marginally less expensive.
Reference PCs 2001
Reference PCs 2000
Our comment on the first Reference PCs:
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