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March 27, 2014 4:02:29 PM

Right now I have an amd fx-6350 and I was hoping to be upgrading it next month and I was wondering should I get amd fx-8350 or intel i5 4670K.

If I was to get the intel i5 I would get a new motherboard as well (mostly likely to be asus Z87-pro or the gigabyte Z87-UD3H) so that's another £100 on top of the CPU price.

But if I was to get the amd fx-8350 I wouldn't need to get a new motherboard (the one I have right now is the msi 970-G46 which cost me about £60) but if I decide to over clock I'll probably get a new motherboard (which would be the asus sabertooth 990Fx R2.0) for about a £100 as well.

The main reason I am upgrading is because I am starting to use adobe after effects, Sony Vegas to render a lot lately and my CPU has been letting me down and I need better performance.
Also I am getting a gtx 780 so I would like a CPU that can unlock the GPU's full potential

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AMD FX-8350 - £135
Intel i5 4670K - £165

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March 27, 2014 4:06:48 PM

Well performance wise Intel is way faster but it does cost more money it would have to depend on if you are willing to spend the money.
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March 27, 2014 4:09:26 PM

I have done 3 builds with the Sabertooth , very nice board , one of the best for overclocking the 8350.

Cooling with the Phanteks PH-TC14PE.


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March 27, 2014 4:12:51 PM

My latest build is with the ASUS Hero and the 4670k.
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March 27, 2014 4:17:50 PM

Intel has the strongest cores and for gaming i would def recomend the i5. But for video editing and rendering, the added cores of the 8350 will beat out the i5 every day of the week. I do video editing, rendering, 3d work on my machine all the time and i have and love the 8350. I have mine overclocked to 5.2 but if that means buying a new $150 board, id honestly say keep your board and get an ssd with the money. An overclocked chip is faster, yet i think you'd get more performance with the ssd than with the overclock. But eitherway id get the 8350.

Programs i use are abode cs6, sony vegas, cyberlink power director, blender, autocad 3d work, and other misc plc programs. With the 780 youll also get a huge boost from gpu acceleration, i only have a 770 and even that helps kicks butt. I'll be saving and hopefully this summer or fall ill get the new titan black.
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March 27, 2014 5:04:09 PM

Get the i5-4670K.

It's faster in 95% of the games on the market by up to 40% though the average is likely closer to 20% depending on the game.

The AMD CPU's also often have a lower "LOW FPS" in games which statistically results in more stutter.

If you hadn't been spending $500 on a GTX780 I likely would have said get the FX-8350 to avoid buying a new motherboard but you can find a good Asus Z87 for about $130 USD and probably sell your current motherboard so the price difference isn't too extreme.

*Example of lower AMD performance:
Skyrim:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-8350-vishera-rev...

Other:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6396/the-vishera-review-a...

(Use the i5-3570K as it's similar to the i5-4670K. The benchmarks in the link immediately above are lower resolution, however I've seen the 1920x1080 benchmarks somewhere and they're all worse on the FX-8350).

Also, keep in mind the BETTER the graphics card, the BETTER the CPU needs to be to prevent bottlenecks.
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March 27, 2014 5:07:20 PM

Update: Here's a nice $130 USD motherboard for 1150 socket->
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-z87a

Editing performance of FX-8350:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-8350-vishera-rev...

"A higher base clock rate does help the Piledriver-based FX-8350 land in front of the almost two-year-old Phenom II X6 1100T, but it trails the full complement of chips from Intel."

It doesn't appear to me that the FX-8350 is necessarily even winning on average for editing either. It does in some, but not all so it depends on what you use but it's not necessarily ahead.

The FX-8350 also dumps up to 100Watts more heat energy into the room which is pretty significant if room temperature is an issue.
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March 27, 2014 6:32:02 PM

photonboy said:
Get the i5-4670K.

It's faster in 95% of the games on the market by up to 40% though the average is likely closer to 20% depending on the game.

The AMD CPU's also often have a lower "LOW FPS" in games which statistically results in more stutter.

If you hadn't been spending $500 on a GTX780 I likely would have said get the FX-8350 to avoid buying a new motherboard but you can find a good Asus Z87 for about $130 USD and probably sell your current motherboard so the price difference isn't too extreme.

*Example of lower AMD performance:
Skyrim:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-8350-vishera-rev...

Other:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6396/the-vishera-review-a...

(Use the i5-3570K as it's similar to the i5-4670K. The benchmarks in the link immediately above are lower resolution, however I've seen the 1920x1080 benchmarks somewhere and they're all worse on the FX-8350).

Also, keep in mind the BETTER the graphics card, the BETTER the CPU needs to be to prevent bottlenecks.


First of all, the two chips go blow for blow with one another. Yes very intensive single core game like skyrim the intel will win, but for everything else especially newer the amd wins about half and the intel wins the other half. Whether winning or loosing your talking a few fps.

As far as spending $500 on graphics, a side grade to an i5 wont have any benefit over the amd for gaming. Yet since he's looking for more performance in rendering, so the amd will win hands down in that area. The only benefit the intel will have in rendering is if you were to get an i7 with hyperthreading.

And as for getting an i5 so you wont bottleneck your 780, theres just no possible way a 8350 would even bottleneck your 780. And if your talking maybe years down the road, well theres a lot who believe games will begin utilizing more cores than 2-4 and start going 6-8 (especially since consoles are now 8 cores). And if that is ever the case, then the 8350 would go from being a few fps higher or lower, to several and I mean several fps higher, like well over 10-20.

If you want gaming then yes intel wins, not by much, but pure gaming it is better all around. But since your editing and rendering, having the extra 4 cores (albeit not as strong ill admit) will definitely help you out a lot more. And if you were to go intel route, then save up and get a 4770k. But don't get an i5 if your rendering. But if you can get an i7 4770k, you wont regret it. But even then, an overclocked 8350 goes blow for blow against the i7, yet yes the i7 wins more. But gaming 8350 vs i5 blow for blow really close with intel edging. Rendering it'd be i7 vs 8350 with i7 winning more often. But rendering with i5 vs 8350, its just 8350 wins hands down by a large margin.

My setup is 8350 with gtx 770 and I get ultra setting on every new game with 60+ fps and is only limited by graphics card. Plus I plan on getting the titan black at $1000 just for workstation and gaming card, and do still plan on keeping my 8350. I love it, but yes when it dies I will go i7 route, but 6 core route (which is $550 chip $200-300 board)
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April 1, 2014 10:45:08 AM

Thanks for the advice, I have decided to go for the amd fx-8350(and keep with the same motherboard msi 970A-G46) which I will be getting in about a week or two.
The main reason I went for the amd fx-8350 was because I really think I need those extra four cores to get the better rendering performance. Even though its not that much better than the i5 the price difference does matter and with the extra money I am going to buy a 250gb ssd
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April 1, 2014 2:07:39 PM

NZXT Aidan said:
Thanks for the advice, I have decided to go for the amd fx-8350(and keep with the same motherboard msi 970A-G46) which I will be getting in about a week or two.
The main reason I went for the amd fx-8350 was because I really think I need those extra four cores to get the better rendering performance. Even though its not that much better than the i5 the price difference does matter and with the extra money I am going to buy a 250gb ssd


you absolutely made the right choice. look at my post above and notice how much higher the pure integer match and physics based operation scores, the AMD destroys the Intel. 3D renders etc have a lot of computations to work through, and they can be performed in parallel, so those extra cores WILL make the difference. And my post is of my FX 8320 @ 4.0ghz (the green bar ); so the 8350 will be even better!
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