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AMD FX 8350 or Intel i5 3570K for a Streamer

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June 13, 2013 9:53:43 AM

I stream Starcraft 2 games and I was wondering what processor was better for the multitasking. When streaming I run SC2, XSplit, Spotify, and Chrome on dual monitors. Bear in mind that I am using 2 Radeon HD-7850 2gb in Crossfire (for my graphic design and illustration work) and I usually have my settings on low/mid everything except textures. I know that AMD CPUs perform in unison with AMD GPUs a little better than Intel/AMD, though I am not sure how big of a difference that makes. I used to have to overclock my last processor to make it multitask those programs and still provide a playable frame rate. But I am upgrading and am limited to ~$200 for my CPU. HALP!
June 13, 2013 9:58:17 AM

you could buy an xeon processor, basically an i7 without the HD graphic IGPU for around 230$, 4 cores 8 threads.

you cant overclock them more than 200-400 mhz tho

and since they cant be really overclocked, you can buy a rather cheap motherboard.
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June 13, 2013 10:02:07 AM

amd might be beter because of the increased number of threats allow you to have for exa,ple 4 of them workin in game and 4 of them working for steaming
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June 13, 2013 10:10:49 AM

If you're going to overclock, then go with AMD's FX 8350.
Beastly CPU for multitasking and also a capable gamer.

Or if you are not an overclocker you might as well pick up an Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 and a cheap B75/H77 motherboard.
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June 13, 2013 10:14:28 AM

I'm thinking choice isn't as practical for me since I still need to have it perform well with my other tasks. Although I do have to admit I am not as familiar with server processors. Are they practical for a gaming environment and graphic design environment? How is the long-term sustainability with them? Last time I bottle-necked my system with my Phenom II x4 965. It just couldn't handle the multitasking like I hoped it would and in the later years of its life I had to stop streaming since it was getting burned out from being OC'd all the time. I don't want to repeat that problem. I was super bummed last time that I had to overclock just to get it to run all of those at once. XSplit is pretty CPU intensive.

chromic said:
you could buy an xeon processor, basically an i7 without the HD graphic IGPU for around 200$, 4 cores 8 threads.

you cant overclock them more than 200-400 mhz tho

and since they cant be really overclocked, you can buy the cheapest motherboard available.


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June 13, 2013 10:15:22 AM

well this has twiche the cores and it will preforme fine
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June 13, 2013 10:26:13 AM

Seeing as the E3-1230 is $40 more than the FX-8350, what are the benefits of going that direction if it has half the cores and about 1GHz less processing processing power?

Kamen_BG said:
If you're going to overclock, then go with AMD's FX 8350.
Beastly CPU for multitasking and also a capable gamer.

Or if you are not an overclocker you might as well pick up an Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 and a cheap B75/H77 motherboard.


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June 13, 2013 1:10:10 PM

Neither GHZ nor cores define processing power.
First off AMD's FX series don't have full cores.
Their cores use shared resources, so it is more accurate to call the FX 8350 a quad module CPU.

Then you can start counting Intel CPU' superior performance per clock and things get really messy.
AMD's FX 8350 will only be able to outperform the Intel Xeon when all of it's "cores" are used to their fullest.
But then again it's very uncommon for all of these cores to be utilised, but xsplit seems to be able to do it.

So take it like this. The Intel can deliver more FPS in-game, but it takes a bigger hit, while the AMD can deliver less FPS and take a smaller hit.
That is not to say that the Intel can't outperform the AMD dramaticly, because at times it will.
The AMD however can be overclocked, and its performance scales quite nicely with clock speed.
The Intel will however use a lot less power and generate less heat, so keep that in mind.

Server CPU's by the way are just as good for gaming as desktop ones. They just lack features that are useless in a server. Futures that are likely to go unnoticed anyway.

At the end of the day, it is probably best that you find some old dual CPU system based on the LGA 1366 socket for cheap.

EDIT: Somehow I missed the part where you said you were playing Starcraft 3.
Starcraft 3 doesn't run on AMD CPU's nearly as well as on intel ones.
You should go with the Xeon.
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June 13, 2013 1:20:07 PM

Wow, awesome information! So each processor has benefits in this case. This actually helped me a lot because I began to favor the Xeon over the i5 and you answered a lot of questions I had in that comparison. It seems that the E3-1230 and the FX-8350 are pretty equal on performance when it comes to multitasking and the benefit of the FX-8350 is the ability to overclock whereas the E3-1230 uses less considerably less power. If I have no desire to overclock anymore then the E3-1230 is the better choice for everything I am doing. Is that a correct summary?

Kamen_BG said:
Neither GHZ nor cores define processing power.
First off AMD's FX series don't have full cores.
Their cores use shared resources, so it is more accurate to call the FX 8350 a quad module CPU.

Then you can start counting Intel CPU' superior performance per clock and things get really messy.
AMD's FX 8350 will only be able to outperform the Intel Xeon when all of it's "cores" are used to their fullest.
But then again it's very uncommon for all of these cores to be utilised, but xsplit seems to be able to do it.

So take it like this. The Intel can deliver more FPS in-game, but it takes a bigger hit, while the AMD can deliver less FPS and take a smaller hit.
That is not to say that the Intel can't outperform the AMD dramaticly, because at times it will.
The AMD however can be overclocked, and its performance scales quite nicely with clock speed.
The Intel will however use a lot less power and generate less heat, so keep that in mind.

Server CPU's by the way are just as good for gaming as desktop ones. They just lack features that are useless in a server. Futures that are likely to go unnoticed anyway.

At the end of the day, it is probably best that you find some old dual CPU system based on the LGA 1366 socket for cheap.


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June 13, 2013 3:04:03 PM

christopher santos said:
Wow, awesome information! So each processor has benefits in this case. This actually helped me a lot because I began to favor the Xeon over the i5 and you answered a lot of questions I had in that comparison. It seems that the E3-1230 and the FX-8350 are pretty equal on performance when it comes to multitasking and the benefit of the FX-8350 is the ability to overclock whereas the E3-1230 uses less considerably less power. If I have no desire to overclock anymore then the E3-1230 is the better choice for everything I am doing. Is that a correct summary?

Kamen_BG said:
Neither GHZ nor cores define processing power.
First off AMD's FX series don't have full cores.
Their cores use shared resources, so it is more accurate to call the FX 8350 a quad module CPU.

Then you can start counting Intel CPU' superior performance per clock and things get really messy.
AMD's FX 8350 will only be able to outperform the Intel Xeon when all of it's "cores" are used to their fullest.
But then again it's very uncommon for all of these cores to be utilised, but xsplit seems to be able to do it.

So take it like this. The Intel can deliver more FPS in-game, but it takes a bigger hit, while the AMD can deliver less FPS and take a smaller hit.
That is not to say that the Intel can't outperform the AMD dramaticly, because at times it will.
The AMD however can be overclocked, and its performance scales quite nicely with clock speed.
The Intel will however use a lot less power and generate less heat, so keep that in mind.

Server CPU's by the way are just as good for gaming as desktop ones. They just lack features that are useless in a server. Futures that are likely to go unnoticed anyway.

At the end of the day, it is probably best that you find some old dual CPU system based on the LGA 1366 socket for cheap.





but remember this E3-1230 V2 is for LGA1155 and V3 is for LGA1150 A.K.A haswell

edit : since you wont be overclocking you can choose an 50-80€ motherboard.
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