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Well, i thought of going with the Formula V. Maybe i can make that rig my new crunching rig/HTPC, so the nice sound card would help. Also, i fell in love with the black/red theme, and if i could hate a color theme, it's the sabretooth (too bleak for my liking, wish there was a theme like the G1 Guerilla for AMD).

I'll actually wait for BD benches, and see if they unlock (then i'll buy a 6-core and unlock )

I'm not a fanboy in CPUs, but i do prefer Intel. I do have great hopes for BD, but i do seriously doubt it can reach SB, and with SB-E round the corner...

AMD is cheaper and more interesting than Intel tho (in OCing and unlocking). Plus, the load temps of some OC'd x4's is like 10c cooler than my i3.
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Well, if the $139 A8-3850 APU is any indication of the new process being used, (Passmark 6176 vs. i7-950 6363) then I think BD may kick some bunz.

For BOINC crunching purposes, I think it will be an ideal CPU and that is all I am getting it for. I've already been surprised at certain projects running faster on AMD CPU's... Intel is nice for sure, but for pure crunching power, it seems real physical CPU's beat virtual or Hyper Threaded CPU's for many BOINC tasks...

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I thought current APUs were still using old architecture until Trinity? That'd be my future laptop anyways. I'm pretty sure AMD has taken the lead on the mobile sector (well, with Atom as the competitor it shouldn't have been so hard ) and they can only push further ahead on that (especially with BD-based APUs+Radeon 7000 graphics )

What i want to know if BD can truly stand to SB with BOINC. Hell, a 5 GHz 2500k can finish a -bigadv WU in F@H in 30 hours or so with only 4 cores, and i think in the same or less time than an x6 @ 4 GHz. Also, SB's can clock way higher than Ph's. Also, SB-E will come with 8-cores in the top tier, so 16 threads+SB overclockability+die shrink to run cooler and more efficient=?

Unless AMD does some Srs Bsnsâ„¢ with BD-E and future architectures, i really doubt they can stage a coup on Intel's reign on desktops. But only time would tell
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If you notice, I mentioned the new process, the 32nm process. It is still the Phenom II core, but the 32nm process is new to AMD CPU's. So, even though it isn't a BD chip, at least the process is working well and the die shrink/methodology is there.



And in my view, gaming and other heavy duty programs aside, more cores mean more WU's done at whatever speed. So, while core count may not affect a lot of real life applications, it does in fact increase BOINC crunching ability. Boinc likes cores, the more cores, the more WU's processed and AMD gives more cores per $$ spent and the processing time differences are nill compared compared to the higher speeds of Intel Systems.



For the cost of 1 i7-2600k, I can get 2 1090T chips and have 4 more real cores doing tasks. Since I need to leave one core free to service GPU's, that would be 10 cores clocking 4Ghz on WU's. But, for a game machine, anything over 4 cores is wasted and clock speeds count tons more, so intel is the only game in town for that.


Edited by Tex1954 - 8/31/11 at 8:00pm
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True that. Weak threads < strong cores.

Still, i want to see some benches. AMD has kept the main actor very well hidden. Intel at least shows some photos of the new stars before letting them take the stage. AMD would be like a random magician which rep you do not know, aside from rumors, which appears on a cloud of smoke.

I use my rig for almost everything, from web browsing and plain text reading, office tasks, bluray playback, light image editing, gaming, crunching, programming, SQL server, VM server, and, when my sis needs it, CAD workstation, so i'm looking for a damned good all-rounder.

Good thing i'm not a die hard fanboy in CPUs (i am an Nvidia fanboy tho, even tho the only AMD card i've owned served me well back in it's time )
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LOL! I like Nvidia too... but ATI/AMD has some good stuff that outclasses Nvidia in a couple of specific areas...

Just as an example, the i7-950 is running 4.259GHz 8 threads and does a SIMAP WU in 2000 seconds avg; the 1090T does the same WU in 1450 seconds avg. The 1090T is running a different supposedly faster setup now slightly lower than 4GHz... seems to be working well. I may setup the 955 the same way, maybe...

In any case, the AMD products from a crunching point of view are better per $$ spent than Intel products I think... and that opinion has been slow to come as well. I wasn't convinced at all for a long time, but PPD per core tells the story.



PS: It isn't with all tasks, but several at least and I think a lot of it has to do with the ability of the task to remain in L3 cache or not... I'm not sure yet and haven't investigated it thoroughly at all... but maybe I will...
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boincstats has us at 251 for rosetta right now. Most likely after the next update, we will be either 249 or 250, making it the first month that we have achieved ALL goals. Congrats and major thanks to everyone that participated!
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Gratz on the effort everyone

To think i got more addicted to SETI when i joined the team.
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