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For a computer running all of this at once which processor would give me the best proformance?

Total: 12 votes (1 blank vote)

  • AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz
  • 25 %
  • Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz
  • 42 %
  • Intel Xeon E7540 Nehalem-EX 2.0GHz
  • 17 %
  • AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz
  • 0 %
  • Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz
  • 17 %
October 7, 2010 5:59:40 AM

For a computer which is doing both 3D rendering and everyday use stuff like web surfing, word processing, etc. The computer will have a ATI FirePro V4800 1GB GDDR5 graphics card, integrated sound, and integrated 10/100/1000 copper Ethernet. The OS on it will be Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. The 2D software used will be Paint, Ifran Viewer, and GIMP. The 3D software will be Blender 2.49b( set to use 8 threaded rendering) , Blender 2.54 (64 threaded rendering) , and Google SketchUp 8 Pro ( do not know how to findle with the number of threads) all useing sub surface sampling and textureing when rendering. The programming software will be: Visual Basic .net 2010, Visual C++ .net 2010, Visual C# .net 2010 Mircosoft SQL Server 2010 and netbeans with only the Java and XHMTL extensions installed. Python 2.6.6 , Python 2.7 , and Python 3.2.2 will be on there for scripting not able to be done in notepad. The word processing will be done on more recent version of Open Office Writer. The web surfing will be done on on IE 8+ , Firefox, and/or Opera for on Windows. iTunes will be installed on Windows and have a library of over 1,600 songs in it. SmartFTP will be the FTP client software for the computer on Windows 7. The Anti-malware program will be Internet Security AVG. The Compression programs will be the built in winzip and the 3rd party 7-zip programs. The program Free m4a to mp3 convertor will be running about 2 - 5 instances when nessary to convert to .wav .
Most likely well some if not most of these things are running 1 or more instances of them i will have Windows Live messenger, Yahoo messenger, Skype and IMVU running. And Games on it will be Civ 4, Civ 4 Beyond the sword, Civ 4 Warlords, Command and Conquer Generals Zero Hour, Command and Conquer Renegade, the default Chess game, and Mabinogi made by Nexon.
Frame works .net 4 and XNA are being used .

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October 7, 2010 6:10:22 AM

If you have money to blow, the i7 970 hexacore is the best hands down.

The Xeon E7540 is basically a hexacore i7 too, and is good for servers if you have a mobo that can use two of the chips at the same time. Otherwise, the i7 970 is better due to a higher clockspeed.

The PhenomIIx6 ties the upper level i7 quads in performance. (about equal to the i7-940 or i7-950 in multithreaded applications since the i7s are better clock for clock and have hyper threading)


So:

1. i7 970
2. Xeon E7540
3. Phenom IIx6 1055T
4. i5 750
5. Phenom IIx4 920
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October 7, 2010 6:14:36 AM

First of all, I believed that's hexa-core. That typo sounded porn-ish :lol: 

For all that multi threaded apps you got, logically speaking, the more cores the better. What brand do you prefer? The new 6-core Thuban from AMD will be a perfect fit for the puzzle board. Then again, objectively speaking, I heard that the 4-core Intel's top of the line i7 is a better performer, regardless of the minus 2 cores.

The people who's actually using them might share their experience with you. As a matter of fact, it might be soon enough. :D 
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October 7, 2010 6:16:52 AM

Bluescreendeath said:
If you have money to blow, the i7 970 hexacore is the best hands down.

The Xeon E7540 is basically a hexacore i7 too, and is good for servers if you have a mobo that can use two of the chips at the same time. Otherwise, the i7 970 is better due to a higher clockspeed.

The PhenomIIx6 ties the upper level i7 quads in performance. (about equal to the i7-940 or i7-950 in multithreaded applications since the i7s are better clock for clock and have hyper threading)


So:

1. i7 970
2. Xeon E7540
3. Phenom IIx6 1055T
4. i5 750
5. Phenom IIx4 920

man, you sure can type fast. And I thought I was first :lol: 

EDIT: Intel got 6-core already? :o  I've must've missed a lot of things. Got some catchin' up to do then...

@Yumri: See, what did I tell you... ;) 
October 7, 2010 6:25:12 AM

so um how do i find out how many threads these programs use? when i do not make them i kinda have no control over how many they use and i do not want to spend money on something which is not going to be used.
October 7, 2010 6:28:32 AM

still how do i find out how many cores i use? and if i do not have as many threads as cores then will the rest of them just go to waste?
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October 7, 2010 6:33:52 AM

When it comes to price, go with the Thuban. By all means, the i7 without a doubt is a better performer, dipankar's post made it clear. But since you have your preference on price, AMD's 6-core is the better option.
October 7, 2010 6:36:13 AM

um no i have a preference on not buying something which would not be used. if i get a i7 and not use all the cores and virtual cores then i am paying for more then i will use but if i buy the AMD 6-core thing will i have less then i will be able to use?

mainly how do i check how many threads i will be useing?
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October 7, 2010 6:36:55 AM

yumri said:
still how do i find out how many cores i use? and if i do not have as many threads as cores then will the rest of them just go to waste?

Your detailed explanation on your PC usage profile already speaks for itself. But for the safe side, take an advice from someone who's using the 6-cores. They'll know better than anyone else, since they've experienced it first hand.
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October 7, 2010 5:34:23 PM

Quote:
'Sexacore' OMG its called hexacore.

I dunno, "Sexacore" has a nice ring to it that "Hexacore" does not. From a nomenclature standpoint, "Sexacore" means the same thing as "Hexacore". Why do you prefer "Hexacore" to the point that you say "OMG"? Does the word "sex" really bother you that much? :lol:  :kaola: 

:sol: 
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October 7, 2010 6:17:25 PM

Quote:
^Sex oh i love it.Cannot live without it.

Funnily enough, without sex, NONE of us would be alive! :sol: 
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October 7, 2010 6:25:42 PM

*sigh* When will you people realize that the the i7 970 is not a good choice here.

If the OP is going to be using highly threaded software the OP can best spend money by going with a 2P system. 2x Xeon E5520 are ~$800 which is $100 less than a single i7 970. This will give the OP a total of 16 threads and since he IS running highly threaded software (mainly Blender) he will benefit from the extra threads, even though the Xeon E5520 is slower. A starter 2P server board like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is about the same cost as a decent X58 board.

The RAM prices are a bit more than normal DDR3 RAM, but I think the OP can afford the ECC RAM esp. if he's considering the i7 970.

Here are some CineBench numbers for 2xE5520s: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/943/2/
As the renderings become more complex,etc the extra threads will benefit and will be noticeable against the i7 970.
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October 7, 2010 6:36:58 PM

LOL @ title.
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October 7, 2010 7:14:57 PM

Shadow703793 said:
*sigh* When will you people realize that the the i7 970 is not a good choice here.

If the OP is going to be using highly threaded software the OP can best spend money by going with a 2P system. 2x Xeon E5520 are ~$800 which is $100 less than a single i7 970. This will give the OP a total of 16 threads and since he IS running highly threaded software (mainly Blender) he will benefit from the extra threads, even though the Xeon E5520 is slower. A starter 2P server board like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is about the same cost as a decent X58 board.

The RAM prices are a bit more than normal DDR3 RAM, but I think the OP can afford the ECC RAM esp. if he's considering the i7 970.

Here are some CineBench numbers for 2xE5520s: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/943/2/
As the renderings become more complex,etc the extra threads will benefit and will be noticeable against the i7 970.

Now that's the kind of answer I'm talking about! Very well placed indeed...
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October 7, 2010 10:02:17 PM

Fixed the poll for ya. You have to set an expiration date in order for it to work properly.
October 7, 2010 10:47:14 PM

in your situation if you are lookin for value/performance then AMD Phenom II X6 1055T there is no doubt about that, but if you have money on trees then core i7 970 would do, however the difference you are going to pay for core i7 970 is not going to give you 1/4 performance if you compare it for price vs performance, so i would really recommend the amd for you.

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T is 199.99
core i7 970 is $879.99


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October 7, 2010 10:51:00 PM

Quote:
ut if you have money on trees then core i7 970 would do, however the difference you are going to pay for core i7 970 is not going to give you 1/4 performance

^ Hence why the OP should go 2P over either of them if the OP is serious.
October 7, 2010 10:56:36 PM

what i mean is money vs performance going from 199.99 to 879.99 is not going to give you that much of performance increase, ie not worth the money in my opinion.
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October 8, 2010 1:19:32 AM

^ Agreed.
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October 8, 2010 2:09:59 PM

To the OP:

Your poll is retarded, you've got an $800 CPU up there but you list the Phenom II X6 1055T instead of the 1090T? What crack are you smoking??? Just because Bluescreenofdeath makes a list doesn't mean you have to use it! :sol: 
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October 8, 2010 6:10:30 PM

Shadow703793 said:
*sigh* When will you people realize that the the i7 970 is not a good choice here.

If the OP is going to be using highly threaded software the OP can best spend money by going with a 2P system. 2x Xeon E5520 are ~$800 which is $100 less than a single i7 970. This will give the OP a total of 16 threads and since he IS running highly threaded software (mainly Blender) he will benefit from the extra threads, even though the Xeon E5520 is slower. A starter 2P server board like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Is about the same cost as a decent X58 board.

The RAM prices are a bit more than normal DDR3 RAM, but I think the OP can afford the ECC RAM esp. if he's considering the i7 970.

Here are some CineBench numbers for 2xE5520s: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/943/2/
As the renderings become more complex,etc the extra threads will benefit and will be noticeable against the i7 970.


^+1 i completely agree here mate!
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