Originally Posted by funnyman
I hear mixed things. I also, think I heard 8350 is a better video encoding, which I'm unsure is true or not. On youtube I heard that the performance difference between Amd's best cpu vs Intel's best cpu is so small marginally favor the Intel like about 5-7fps that it's not a big deal to go with either one. But then I see some videos that say Intel is a must for pc gaming and that Amd's are atrocious compared to them and that the people making the Amd videos are people who work for Amd.
How much money is someone who has Computer on a lot saving with going with intel because it uses less watts? Is Intel really the better deal when it comes to saving money yearly?
Handbrake benches I have seen shown stock 3770K edging 8350 in encoding, 8350 beating 3570K in encoding which is no suprise.
Unless your power prices are crazy high you aren't going to see a significant difference in electric bill, the more significant difference in expense comes when you configure a system as with a Piledriver you need higher capacity PSU(100W more would be a good estimate) and a stronger cooler to Overclock well.
As far as gaming is concerned Intel will win in most RTS games as they are only dual core optimized(Starcraft 2 is a good example) and scale poorly with extra cores. There are recent FPS games(BF3 MP/ Crysis 3) that are well threaded and show FX 8 cores performing equla or better than a i7 with HT(and above a I5). But there are so many different type of games out there and all have different level of CPU core optimization so I just stick with a I7 for best overall performance(that and I play a lot of Stacraft2 & encode a ton so I7 is a natural choice).Edited by sherlock - 3/25/13 at 11:52am