Originally Posted by Kanashimu
Well distributed computing. The issue with the FX octo core is how much power it draws when all its resources are actually being utilized. This forces a higher capacity PSU, which costs more, and higher upkeep costs.
Depending on your usage and how cheap your electricity, how much overhead your PSU already has you might not even notice the difference. I'm all for competition; I want to buy more CPUs and GPUs like the 8800GT.
Oh, and it reminds me again. There was a large number of years that I wouldn't even touch an Intel CPU. Unfortunately the same is happening to AMD right now and pushing them into dire straits.
I would touch a AMD CPU anytime on the low-end. Dual-cores no matter how powerful is unacceptable in this age and showing lots of bottleneck even so compared to a FX4300
And after all everyone are buying 550W-650W PSUs so having a higher capacity PSU is a non-issue because like i said everyone is buying 550W-650W PSUs which is more than enough for a single GPU
Want a cheap quad-core or hex-core that performs decently? Buy AMD. Want a good quad-core? Buy Intel, simple
Phenoms X4 cost about a Pentium now BUT Pentiums cannot be OC'd and Phenoms are fun overclockers as well as Pentiums suddenly becoming another grade of low-end performance (E.G slow) due to the super tiny cache. Sure it's faster
Intel has no procs to fight the FX6300 in the price range when it comes to multi-threaded applications
There's the i3-3220 which is 130$ and the next step a i5 3350p @ 179$
FX6300 = 140$. How the hell do i recommend a i3 platform for small budgets now? It's no longer possible. I only did this realization recently and for those people who complain they need single thread performance. Move on man, we're in 2013 and even my LGA1366 Xeon gets all 8 threads utlized frequently
And when you figure in the sums i wouldn't recommend a FX4300 unless you're so strapped for 10$(FX6300) unless for some strange reason a i5-3350 is cheaper
And also FX processors make up in the IPC department by having huge L2 caches and the FX6300 having 50% more cache than the FX4300 also
For the low-end performance/watt AMD wins unfortunately and of course the 8320/50 the way it's priced of course it's lower than the Intel chips but again nobody runs p95 24/7 @ 365. Unless you're insane or something
Sure there are 24/7 gamers but there are many scenes where the GPU+CPU is entirely idle and gamers do take breaks as well
I completed DmC : Devil May Cry nephilim difficulty missions in 8 hours yesterday and of the 8 hours 1-2hours the whole computer is idle and that was me going all-out (I am quite a serious gamer once i get on games i love like DmC)Edited by DaveLT - 4/4/13 at 8:50am