View Full Version : AMD's More Cores or Intel's Greater Raw Power

11-11-2011, 01:06 PM
My question is, "which is better for Lightwave3D and CG in general?" Passmark rated Intel's Quad 2700k Sandy Bridge as ~2000 better than the AMD EIGHT Core Bulldozer. So I want to know what matters most especially since all the LW11 talk has got me all excited. for me the ~$100 difference is null as I don't upgrade often and would prefer to get the best I can to tide me for a good 3-4 years.

11-11-2011, 01:10 PM
I thought the bulldozer flopped !

11-11-2011, 01:10 PM
Get the i7, hands down. Roughly 50% faster on single threaded tasks and still faster than the Bulldozer when rendering.

If you have deeper pockets then you might want to wait until Monday, which is when Intel release the Sandy-Bridge E (6-core i7, single socket, new motherboard needed).
And by deeper pockets I mean a couple hundred...


11-11-2011, 01:16 PM
Its weird because I heard the Bulldozer flopped, but I read all these reviewers on Newegg who seem pretty ecstatic about it.

11-11-2011, 01:34 PM
From what I understand it 'flopped' only trying to catch Intel's power. It stills provides decent price vs. performance, I guess. However, I've always like Intel but their six-core is expensive but is hyper-threaded.

11-11-2011, 01:38 PM
ok. good to know. I've been pretty happy with my AMD 6 core but I was looking at the bulldozer for my next build. I know it isn't as fast a i7, but I don't need the price premium that comes with getting the "fastest"

11-11-2011, 01:46 PM
I was looking at Sandy Bridge but Ivy Bridge 22nm is just around the corner.

11-11-2011, 05:35 PM
speaking of new rigs. can anyone recommend the latest decent video card out there? I want good enough for nice 3d coat performance, but I don't do any gaming and I don't need latest/greatest.


11-11-2011, 09:22 PM
Get the NVidia 560 (overclocked). It's very cheap for what you get.

11-11-2011, 09:22 PM
I have a GTX 560ti that works well for me but I don't know the specifics you need.