Tristan! Apr 1, 2013 @ 11:04pm
CPU decision, would you do the AMD fx-8350 or Intel i5- 3570k processor?
I'm considering the two above processors, but most reviews and comparisons are in a Windows environment. Anyone have any uniquely Linux experiences with either of these?

I know generally both brands work well with Linux.

The most resource intensive purpose of the computer I'm making will be gaming, though of course we don't have any big AAA titles yet, though I'm building in the anticipation that we will have some pretty soon. I've even considered splurging on a i7-3770k, but it annoys me it will be out of date as soon as Haswell rolls out this summer haha.

Other specs:
- Samsung SSD
- Gigabyte Geforce gtx 660
- Crucial HX 650W pro series PSU

Any other advice for a first time builder appreciated!
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hugo Apr 1, 2013 @ 11:18pm 
Don't buy AMD if you gonna use Linux!!!! Amd drivers for linux sucks
Thyriel Apr 1, 2013 @ 11:24pm 
Intel is far better then AMD (except at heat production gg)
and if you dont overclock or need the integrated Graphics go for 3570 without K
Thyriel Apr 1, 2013 @ 11:25pm 
Originally posted by a^hugo:
Don't buy AMD if you gonna use Linux!!!! Amd drivers for linux sucks
Drivers for CPU lol ?
Tristan! Apr 1, 2013 @ 11:26pm 
I don't believe CPUs have drivers, but I'm not certain there.

You are right though, if you meant for Video Cards. Which is why I got the Nvidia.
Yai Apr 2, 2013 @ 12:06am 
Cinebench 11.5 64 bit (Test from CHIP 02/2013)

AMD FX-8350 :: 6.95
Intel i5 - 3570k :: 5.99

(^ ^)
SUSEd Apr 2, 2013 @ 12:19am 
Originally posted by Yai:
Cinebench 11.5 64 bit (Test from CHIP 02/2013)

AMD FX-8350 :: 6.95
Intel i5 - 3570k :: 5.99

(^ ^)

You are benchtard (LOL). FX-8350 wins because it has 8 cores and this bench uses its all.
In real apps, such as games this cpu will fail, because its Faildozer.
SUSEd Apr 2, 2013 @ 12:22am 
Also intel's builtin HD Graphics 4000 has better driver for Linux, it can decode 4k video (with mplayer-vaapi).
vargablood Apr 2, 2013 @ 12:39am 
Its your choice.. Both CPU's good choice. Its a little bit cheaper building a High End system using the top level FX at the moment then going with ivy bridge (mainboard pricing).
The AMD FX gives you best experience in most multi threaded applications and maybe a very good performance in upcoming games cause consoles seem to focus on same architecture (as shown in crysis 3 benchmarks).
Also hardware virtualiziation features are easy to do with AMD Systems.
Intel still delivers best results if your apps benefit from high single thread performance.
SUSEd Apr 2, 2013 @ 12:41am 
Better to not to buy both cpus and wait for new Intel Haswell.
vargablood Apr 2, 2013 @ 12:44am 
you can allways tell this... better not buy haswell there will be something after it :P
gattocake Apr 2, 2013 @ 12:57am 
Haswell isn't going to be a big jump unless you value IGP perf.

I upgraded to an i7 2700K from an i5 750 and haven't really noticed much of a difference. CPUs aren't progressing very much these days.
vargablood Apr 2, 2013 @ 1:04am 
Originally posted by gattocake:
Haswell isn't going to be a big jump unless you value IGP perf.

I upgraded to an i7 2700K from an i5 750 and haven't really noticed much of a difference. CPUs aren't progressing very much these days.

thats true... i use three systems. one with i5-2500k, one with amd fx-8350 and another one with first generation bulldozer (fx-6200). There no really noticeable experience differences.... Each of them use a midrange or high-end discrete GPU for gaming and perform well in every situation.
Thyriel Apr 2, 2013 @ 2:09am 
You dont notice differences because most software does not use the new features. And most games anyway dont use cpu power too much.
Same for the unnecessary 8 Cores, unless your running a decent server software on it, you will never use them
Only thing you will notice differences is unpacking big archives on an SSD, and benchmarks
SUSEd Apr 2, 2013 @ 2:24am 
Or compiling software.
make -j8 will be faster than make -j4.
Kano Apr 2, 2013 @ 3:59am 
For games the single core speed is most important. Intel always wins in that aspect. Even the fastest Pentium G looks better than the fastest AMD FX cpu for single core speed.
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