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AMD Phenom 4x vs intel i5, i7

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Anonymous
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May 6, 2010 5:37:29 AM

Hi,
I'm a graphic designer and need to upgrade my CPU but I need your advice to choose the processor between AMD Phenom x4 and Intel i5 or i7.

Thanks,
Wael Elbanna

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May 6, 2010 5:46:12 AM

What is your budget? Your answer will vary greatly depends on your total budget for the system upgrade.
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May 6, 2010 5:46:28 AM

For your task, I would recomend the Athlon X4 630 quad core which goes for about $99 U.S. or the Phenom 1055T 6 core which goes for about $200. Those are the price, performance sweet spots.

If your looking for maximum power. The Intel core I7 980X is the fastest processor out there. It can be had for about $1000.
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May 6, 2010 5:51:49 AM

Just buy a Core i7 860/930 if the graphic programs that you use do support HyperThreading, otherwise the Phenom II X6 1055T if they don't. Don't get the original Phenom X4 series though, they're pretty weak compared to the new generation.

What is your budget though? For $100, an Athlon II X4. For $200, a Phenom II X6 1055T. For $300, a Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition if the programs you use do not support HyperThreading, otherwise if they do a Core i7 860/930, and as FALC0N said, you can pick up an i7 980X for $1000 or so if you want. I suggest you go for the i7 930 platform if your programs do support HyperThreading, and are RAM heavy.
Anonymous
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May 6, 2010 6:34:32 AM

JJLD said:
What is your budget? Your answer will vary greatly depends on your total budget for the system upgrade.


I have no limit for budget and I'm using the Adobe CS4 and CS5 applications.
Anonymous
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May 6, 2010 7:21:22 AM

Lmeow said:
Just buy a Core i7 860/930 if the graphic programs that you use do support HyperThreading, otherwise the Phenom II X6 1055T if they don't. ...... .


Thanks for the helpful info. but, how can I know that Adobe CS4 or CS5 applications support hyperThreading:
Photoshop CS4-CS5
Illustrator CS4-CS5
Indesign CS4-CS5
Dreamweaver CS4-CS5
Flash CS4-CS5
Anonymous
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May 6, 2010 7:54:03 AM

I appreciate your suggestion for the best VGA card, what do u think about nvidia Quadro:
http://www.nvidia.com/page/qfx_el.html
compared to ATI Radeon?
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May 6, 2010 8:12:29 AM

ksampanna said:
The Adobe Creative Suite is well threaded for 4 cores, that's why it runs so well on i7s

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/amd-phenom-ii-x6-1090t-89...

http://anandtech.com/show/3674/amds-sixcore-phenom-ii-x...

The hexacore i7-980X is an exception, since, its so brutally fast, it blows away any other processor no matter what you throw at it. Since you have no budget limit, the i7-980X is the way to go.


Yup, if speed is the name of the game and money is no object......
Anonymous
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May 6, 2010 11:14:41 AM

Thanks all for your help.
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