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In most cases I would take the sandy bridge without any questions but my case is a little bit different. Recently I have had a number of companies ask me to work for them, I am a high school animation student and my work got around and caught alot of attention. And I need a cpu that can render the quickest. But I have never had either of the two (990x or sandy bridge), but I am thinking the 990x will be faster because autodesk maya uses all available cores and threads. So with the 990x I should be able to utilize all 12 threads which should be faster than the sandy bridge right? I am not sure though so if someone has any idea I would appreciate the help .
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post #2 of 34
Just upgrade to 990x because you'll only need to change your processor & you're bizzy with animating and the extra threads/cores will be very worthfull!
post #3 of 34
Since you already have the R3E go 990X for the most performance but only if you are using a lot of multithreaded apps or doing things like encoding, since you are- shoot. I still feel X58 is the superior chipset but for gaming performance SB can't be beat.
 
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Go for the 990x, you will only need to change the cpu and nothing else.
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post #5 of 34
It's a $1000 dollar cpu...

You can grab an intel 2600k (With HT = 8 threads) and a decent P67 board for about $500.

That's half the price but not half the performance.

Plus you could get from $200 for your board easily if you sell it.

That makes the price delta $700...


Sell your 6 GB kit and grab an 8 GB (2x4), here you would roughly break even with more ram in the bargain.


Take some of that extra money and grab an SSD.


Autodesk does make full use of all cores but consider that you can run a 2600k at 4.7ghz or higher with 8 cores (especially given you are on water) compared to being lucky to hit 4.3 with a 990x and the performance comes even closer together.
Edited by Robilar - 6/18/11 at 10:50am
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post #6 of 34
you will use it for work that requires a lot, if you think dropping a grand is not an issue, 990x.
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post #7 of 34
X58 is still the best chipset for multithreaded applications. You already have X58 mobo so go for 990X
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post #8 of 34
I agree with those saying to go with the 990x.

How is your budget? I'm asking because if you wanted something more powerful, then you could go with an SR-2 motherboard and go with two Xeon processors and have more cores and threads. It may cost you significantly more, but just making sure you know of that option should your budget permit it.
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Originally Posted by fenderlove0` View Post
Recently I have had a number of companies ask me to work for them, I am a high school animation student and my work got around and caught alot of attention. And I need a cpu that can render the quickest.
I'd wait to see the ink dry on an accepted offer before buying equipment for possible work. You can easily get by with what you have until you're actually employed by someone. After you get your first paycheck, then maybe go nuts, but I wouldn't assume anything until it's in writing and ironclad.
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Since there is such a huge price difference the answer is extremely dependant on if this 1000.00 cpu is a necessary work tool. If your career is dependant on what this cpu adds to your work then the cost is justified. If it can wait for some years (and perhaps get someone else to buy it for you) then just spend what you have to spend to stay in business. I always liked it better when others bought the expensive work tools.
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