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i7 3820 vs 3930K for proffesional music DAW

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October 17, 2012 3:01:52 PM

I built a computer specs and I do not know which CPU to choose:

The i7 3820 or the i7 3930K?

Is the 3930K worth the cost over the 3820?

(I am going to use Heavy VST INSTRUMENT like NI , EWQL and heavy plugins such as WAVES etc...)

I did not find sites which does benchmarking of CPU and other PC components for music DAW mostly only for games...

Can you suggest such sites?

I have to mention that I don't want to do OC.

Thank You!
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October 17, 2012 3:25:01 PM

Check with the software to see how many threads it can run at one time. With the Intel® Core™ i7-3930K you are going to get a 6 core processor with support for up to 12 threads. With the Intel Core i7-3820 you will get a quad core processor with up to 8 threads of support. These benchmarks may give you a better idea of how they would stand up against each other http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/523?vs=552

In the end it comes down to the fact if your software will use the extra threads and how much of a boost will you get from it.
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October 17, 2012 3:53:37 PM

For music, I would hazard the 3820 will be fine, save what you spend on a bigger SSD or extra RAM.
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October 17, 2012 3:57:06 PM

I wouldn't be so sure. Music can sometimes be more intensive than Video rendering. I agree with the Intel guy, check your software (or call the software maker) and see if they can use 12 threads at a time. If not, then you should be great with the quad core.

If you can use unlimited amounts of threads, you may even wish to consider a dual processor XEON setup with dual 4 or 6 core processors.



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