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AMD 1090t vs Intel i7 920, 930, 960 for Graphic Design

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August 9, 2010 12:25:50 AM

I am looking to build a new PC for my freelance work. I basically provide graphic design and web design services for clients. I use Photoshop CS5, Illustrator, Dreamweaver mostly. I want a can't really afford the i7 980x, so am looking for the best CPU option for my software needs. I have read here in some posts that the 1090t is better for multi-threaded apps like Photoshop, but the i7 is better for gaming. I am NOT a gamer, but I do have 3 large 27" Samsung monitors connected to my PC. I am looking to also get a Radeon HD 5770 or 5870 to power the monitors which should be fine correct?

Does anyone have any real experience with these processors using the apps mentioned? I have read many bench tests and see different results on almost every one. Should I get the AMD 1090t or go for the more costly i7? I will probably out about 12 GB of memory in it. I plan to upgrade about every 3 years, and would like to build a system that will get me through that time.

Thank you in advance.
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August 9, 2010 12:35:29 AM

The 1090T is probably the better choice for you, especially if you don't plan to overclock.
August 9, 2010 12:38:52 AM

Do graphic design programs take full advantage of the 1090T's 6 cores? If so, then I'm sure it'll be soaring.
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August 9, 2010 12:59:11 AM

Drakoes said:
Do graphic design programs take full advantage of the 1090T's 6 cores? If so, then I'm sure it'll be soaring.


I do not know if Adobe CS5 applications use all cores. Do you know of a way I can find out?
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August 9, 2010 1:02:47 AM

cjl said:
The 1090T is probably the better choice for you, especially if you don't plan to overclock.


Does the AMD 1090t perform well in most apps without overclocking? I have a Dual Core Athlon 64 X2 5200 at the moment and am looking for much better speed. I assume it would be much faster correct? Would it be close to the i7 930? I would like to build something that is somewhat future-proof so I can at least upgrade a processor or two. Is the 1090t the last of the AM3 platform? If so, would an i7 be better for futur upgradability?
August 9, 2010 1:14:19 AM

For future upgrades it's am3 or 1366. Both are relatively new from what I've read and should be around a while.
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August 9, 2010 1:18:19 AM

23mike said:
For future upgrades it's am3 or 1366. Both are relatively new from what I've read and should be around a while.


I thought I read somewhere AM3 was being phased out with the new Bulldozer platform?
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August 9, 2010 1:23:20 AM

Does anyone know if the new AMD Bulldozer will be able to use AM3 boards? I am looking at building this kit but am hopeful I am now at the top end of the AMD processor chain. How does this config look> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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August 9, 2010 1:32:26 AM

OK No, 1366 isn't going to be intel's upgrade path. They are planning to go Sandy Bridge. As for the AM3 platform it will not be phased out. As most likely the Bulldozer architecture will run AM3+/AM3r2 which most likely mimic AM2+ and AM3. So the AM3 upgrade path looks stable. 1366 seems close to coming to an end as Bit-Tech did an article where it was most likely 1366 would be out and 1156 and 1155(sandy bridge) would take it's place. THOUGH! That is just my opinion bout the 1366 socket.

The config looks fine, just might wanna check out the PSU, since the psu is kinda iffy, but it'll probably do.
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August 9, 2010 1:57:12 AM

The softwares you mentioned are not heavily 'number of' cores dependent.. You would need to look around for other parameters like more RAM support (24 GB on the X58 platform as compared to 16GB on the AM3).. Intel is supposed to drop prices which hints of an i7 950 to be available at current i7 930 prices.. Clock speeds do not matter much though.. The i7 series performs better due to a more efficient architecture..
Anonymous
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August 9, 2010 11:42:30 AM

Thank you so much everyone for the feedback. Looks like the i7 950 will be the way to go once the price drops. I am watching it every day.
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August 9, 2010 12:28:17 PM

aznshinobi said:
OK No, 1366 isn't going to be intel's upgrade path. They are planning to go Sandy Bridge. As for the AM3 platform it will not be phased out. As most likely the Bulldozer architecture will run AM3+/AM3r2 which most likely mimic AM2+ and AM3. So the AM3 upgrade path looks stable. 1366 seems close to coming to an end as Bit-Tech did an article where it was most likely 1366 would be out and 1156 and 1155(sandy bridge) would take it's place. THOUGH! That is just my opinion bout the 1366 socket.

The config looks fine, just might wanna check out the PSU, since the psu is kinda iffy, but it'll probably do.


I also have an Ultra 850 ULT40312 from my current machine. Do you think the extra 100 watts will be better?
August 9, 2010 6:32:31 PM

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Thank you so much everyone for the feedback. Looks like the i7 950 will be the way to go once the price drops. I am watching it every day.

No need to wait for a price drop, the 930 is just about as fast as the 950.
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August 9, 2010 6:54:30 PM

True about the 930 vs 950, but the 950 has a higher stock clock, so if he does OC it'll oc further than the 930.
September 21, 2010 7:08:59 AM

Not trying to jack your thread but i have the same question as you do. where do you plan on buying your sfuff?

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Thank you so much everyone for the feedback. Looks like the i7 950 will be the way to go once the price drops. I am watching it every day.

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September 21, 2010 7:13:38 AM

tvfreak said:
Not trying to jack your thread but i have the same question as you do. where do you plan on buying your sfuff?

The OP is not going to answer you as they did not bother to authenticate their account.
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