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Win 8 - four core vs. 6 core processors

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    Win 8 - four core vs. 6 core processors


    I'm currently using Win 7-64bit, 2X2GB, 180GB SSD, AMD 945 quad core, 880G motherboard.
    Think of getting the Win 8 upgrade, new 4 (4170) or 6 core AMD cpu, 970 motherboard.
    Would Win 8 make it worth it to get a 6 core cpu, or should I just get a faster 4 core processor (4170)?

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    All of my 2 and 4 core experience is with Intel CPU's, and I strongly recommend the 4 core models. Check this site...

    PassMark Software - CPU Benchmark Charts
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    I hate to say it, because back in the day I was an AMD guy...but if it's performance you are truly after, get rid of the budget AMD CPU's and get an Intel.

    Except in heavily multithreaded areas, I have seen very little difference between dual core and quad core CPU's. So, unless you spend all day encoding video or something else, I doubt you would see much real benefit from going from 4 AMD cores to 6 AMD cores or 8 AMD cores.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I hate to say it, because back in the day I was an AMD guy...but if it's performance you are truly after, get rid of the budget AMD CPU's and get an Intel.

    Except in heavily multithreaded areas, I have seen very little difference between dual core and quad core CPU's. So, unless you spend all day encoding video or something else, I doubt you would see much real benefit from going from 4 AMD cores to 6 AMD cores or 8 AMD cores.
    I like using AMD because of the price and also because AMD is the under dog.
    Also because I prefer using ATI(AMD) graphics card, so I like the idea of better compatibility between motherboard chip software and graphics card software (real or imagined).
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    I use Radeon (AMD) video cards and have no compatibility or performance issues with Intel chipsets, motherboards or CPU's. I strongly prefer Intel CPU's because they tend to perform better in a wide range of tasks, versus the AMD CPU's, which tend to perform better in a few tasks, then the same or worse than Intel on most others. I subscribe to the "buy once, cry once" policy and I buy the best CPU I can afford and it tends to last me a long time. Case in point, I bought an Intel Quad Core 6600 way back in 2007 and I'm still using it as my daily workhorse PC!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I hate to say it, because back in the day I was an AMD guy...but if it's performance you are truly after, get rid of the budget AMD CPU's and get an Intel.

    Except in heavily multithreaded areas, I have seen very little difference between dual core and quad core CPU's. So, unless you spend all day encoding video or something else, I doubt you would see much real benefit from going from 4 AMD cores to 6 AMD cores or 8 AMD cores.
    I'd take a decent mulit-threaded chip for under 200 dollars that competes against a real expensive i7, where I may or may not see any other potential/performance with that.
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    Well, this depends on your overall use for the chip.

    If you do media converting or use other programs that can effectively use the cores of the CPU, I'd take the 6 core chip. If you do considerable gaming, you might want to stick with a quad core as most modern games prefer to use a quad core, I don't think there are any or a few games that use more than four processor cores.

    For Windows 8, if you have a SSD, you could probably argue for a 6 core processor. Again, this depends on your usage scenarios. If you aren't planning to do a system upgrade for a while and will most likely keep it for at least 3+ years, I'd go with the 6 core. By that time, theoretically, PC games will start taking advantage of more CPU cores than 4, so you'd be somewhat future proofed for that. But if you want good Windows 8 performance, consider graphics over processor. Pretty much all of Windows, the apps, the GUI, IE and other programs use the GPU for visual rendering. Every modern browser after IE 9 started to use the GPU and offload that from the CPU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post
    I'm currently using Win 7-64bit, 2X2GB, 180GB SSD, AMD 945 quad core, 880G motherboard.
    Think of getting the Win 8 upgrade, new 4 (4170) or 6 core AMD cpu, 970 motherboard.
    Would Win 8 make it worth it to get a 6 core cpu, or should I just get a faster 4 core processor (4170)?
    As far as I know, the choice between a 4 or 6 core CPU would be no different under Win8 than it was under 7. I'm not sure that multi-core support under Win7 is superior to what it was under XP.

    The OS is not relevant to your CPU choice, as long as you stay with CPUs that support 64 bit instructions. (All of your considered CPUs do.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I'd take a decent mulit-threaded chip for under 200 dollars that competes against a real expensive i7, where I may or may not see any other potential/performance with that.
    Well, most AMD's compete with mid-line Intel i5's that can be had for around $200. It doesn't take a high-end expensive i7 to compete. An i7 around $299 (i7-3770), outperforms an $180 (AMD-8150), but scores 9474 compared to a 7733. PassMark Intel vs AMD CPU Benchmarks - High End

    And in this users case, he was asking to upgrade his machine...so apparently he is looking for additional improvements.


    And off the point: Cokie: Aren't you the guy who is dead set on trying to build a new computer and wants to install 15 hard drives into it??? You really want to go with a lower end cheaper CPU, but then add an absurd # of hard drives to provide a potential to store 40+TB of data...even though you have less than 1TB today?????? Sometimes I just don't get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I'd take a decent mulit-threaded chip for under 200 dollars that competes against a real expensive i7, where I may or may not see any other potential/performance with that.
    Well, most AMD's compete with mid-line Intel i5's that can be had for around $200. It doesn't take a high-end expensive i7.

    And in this users case, he was asking to upgrade his machine...so apparently he is looking for additional improvements that he might or might not see.


    Add off the point: Cokie: Aren't you the guy who is dead set on trying to build a new computer and wants to install 15 hard drives into it??? You really want to go with a lower end cheaper CPU, but then add an absurd # of hard drives to provide a potential to store 40+TB of data...even though you have less than 1TB today?????? Sometimes I just don't get it.
    Of which an FX processor out performs the i5 lineup and competes pretty well with an i7. Granted, there are like 10 or so different i7s, one costing 2,000 dollars and the only thing that AMD has is the FX-8530. For the price, you can't really argue against that.

    And yeah, the main point here is if upgrading AMD CPU's is worth it, not if an Intel system is better than the other.

    And yeah, I do want a 15 hard drive system. I'll be using an AMD FX processor for that, an 8 core chip. The preconception I have here is that Windows 8 will use those 8 cores to divide the tasks of Storage Spaces up, as it would probably do in Server 2012. Also, along with a few other threaded programs I use, AMD wins out over Intel in this situation.

    Just because a processor is 200 dollars doesn't mean it's low end, it means it has value and performance to offer. The FX-8350 out does an i5 in many situations, even an i7 in a few. Then there is the overclocking potential that again, increases value and performance....
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