Virtualization: AMD FX-8350 vs Intel Core i7-3770K


Close to a system upgrade (FX-8150 now), I wonder what is the best choice for Virtualization (VM Ware). A FX-8350 is pretty inexpensive, but a i7-3770K would be a better option?

My MoBo is a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5, with 32 GB Corsair Vengeance kit 1600 Mhz and 480 GB SSD SATA3 Corsair Force.

I was searching for a virtualization benchmark, but no luck, nowhere.

I usually use eight VMs at a time, maybe more.

Migration to a i7-3770K system is a worth investment?

I don't care much about games performance.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. The thing about the Intel® Core™ i7-3770K is that it doesnt support VT-d (Virtualization with Directed I/O) this is a feature that allows you to assign hardware to a VM (i.e. I can assign a NIC port to one of the VM). So if you are looking for this type of feature you may want to look at the Intel Core i7-3770 or the Intel Xeon® E3s. Also it is important to pay attention to make sure that the board supports VT-d. You an see information on the support on board at
  2. The thing about any AMD FX chip is that it supports ALL the features, be it the AES instruction set, or AMD-V(AMD Virtualization) support, from the top end FX-8350, all the way down to the FX-4300. No bullshit cutting out of features. :D

    That being said, an FX-8350 WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY better than the i7-3770(k) for virtualization purposes. Google and do some research, and you'll see that AMD's 8 cores really help a lot when it comes to virtualization (even though the individual cores are a bit weaker), and that too at nearly $100 cheaper than the Intel chip :D Given that you already have a AM3+ socket mobo, it would be really stupid to burn money on a new Intel motherboard+CPU too :)

    There's are only few things that the FX series chips are good at, and they are Encryption, Virtualization, Video encoding, photo/video editing etc. And more recently, Crysis3 ....lolz :)

    Now that both the PS4 and Xbox will have 8 weak cores, game developers will slowly be forced to spread out across more cores, no matter how difficult that maybe. End result; significant advantage to AMD cpu's 2-3 years down the road in gaming too :)
  3. If Intel,wack a decent pci-e video card on the better mobo u find.Slam in the Right K series CPU.Virtualization all good.What the i7 1155 CPU cost?Way too much in many cases.The AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2G,socket AM3+,one of Faster systems still.AMD making some good stuff,good deal too.We come a long way from 333Celery.I love the 1156/i7 K series still.Make sure to get the right one.Read the reviews an u be ok.64bit vital tho.Good luck mate and save the buck.
  4. 8150 is already great for virtualization. 8350 is a little bit faster for things like games, but you aren't going to see a significant boost in VM performance.

    I run 3 VMware clusters for a mid-sized company and use AMD chips. The Bulldozer based Opterons (like your 8150) are very fast, especially with two processor VMs. I have a few piledriver processors in there and I haven't done any discrete benchmarks, but I don't notice a real difference.

    As far as benchmarks, I just run regular application benchmarks inside a VM because that is what I consider important. One thing that seems pretty relevant is to compare Passmark scores and divide by the number of cores. That has worked really well for me for things like VM that will use all the cores pretty evenly and the numbers pan out in the real world..

    Short story, long - I'd not bother upgrading. Are you currently having performance issues?
  5. Go For 9370
  6. Man, i wish i could kidnap you guys to learn about VMs.
  7. This is an old thread guys.
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