View Full Version : AMD Phenom II processor black edition x4 core or standard x6 core

04-05-2011, 09:32 PM
At the same price, which would work best for Lightwave?



04-05-2011, 11:11 PM
There is not a lot in it 16.8 GHz v 14 GHz. OC is probably going to come up at about the same difference. There are also some small factors of more core & less efficiency. But in LW on a typical scene I would probably factor in about 2%, so it's probably not worth worrying about.

Normally I would say the 6 core but a 50 minute render will only be 10 minutes longer using a 4 core. & there is something to be said for a fast single core for all the situations other than rendering.

If you are typically doing 3 hour or longer renders (especially overnight renders) then the minutes saved are starting to look good & may outweigh the single core benefit.

Just a few thoughts!

04-06-2011, 01:15 AM
Intel launches 10-core Xeon E7 server processors

Intel has introduced 29 new server processors to its E3 and E7 Xeon families today. The former serves entry-level customers while the latter represents Intel's most powerful server offering, supposedly setting 14 benchmark records and surpassing its Itanium chips.

Based on Intel's 32nm Westmere-EX architecture, Intel claims the E7 series offers a 40% performance improvement over last year's Westmere-EP-based Xeon chips. That makes sense when you consider the Westmere-EP models came with a maximum of six cores.


cool :)

04-06-2011, 02:25 AM
Yeah, but how does it compete money-speed wise, as buying a couple of the E7 series processors might need you to pawn your house, family and pets.

I take it these are here to replace the Tigerton 72xx series?

04-06-2011, 02:56 AM
Not sure how fast you need a CPU, but with Llano supposedly being ready soon (maybe end of June?) and rumors of Bulldozer in June - I imagine the prices on these two CPUs might drop a bit in the near future?

04-06-2011, 09:27 AM
I have a PhenomII 1090T Black Edition, and it rocks. Ok, the cpu fan is not as quiet as it could be, but otherwise, I have absolutely no complaints.

04-06-2011, 10:31 AM
Take the six. Makes more power for loosing less power. And if you have to OC, ther is more "room up there"

04-06-2011, 12:17 PM
for dynamics less cores is better i guess... faster...

04-06-2011, 01:53 PM
One thing you shouldn't overlook is TurboCore (which is available on the X6s only) - the 1055T will run at 3.3GHz if only three out of the six cores are used.

I'd got for the six core... or maybe even try to scrape some funds together for one of the faster six cores.


04-06-2011, 02:23 PM
I run the X6 black edition and am plenty happy.