View Full Version : Which is ideal for 3D work: AMD or Intel

01 January 2002, 07:32 AM
I'm configuring a computer to be my 3D workstation, and am looking for advice on processors. Basically a choice between a P4 cpu or an AMD XP. Any feedback/experience would be appreciated.

01 January 2002, 09:28 AM
you really cant go wrong with either, nowadays. ( since rdram is finally cheap ) but it also depends on how much you will be doing more of outside of 3d. if you plan to do compositing, then P4 would be better due to the extra bandwidth, but if ya want to do a lot of renderering and such...then go with amd.

if yer also concerned with price...then an amd would be probably the best choice. ( just make sure you get killer cooling. )

01 January 2002, 10:16 PM
IN previos versions of SiSoft Sandra, P4 indicated higher bandwidth scores. However SiSoft also admitted that their code was not optimized for Athlon like it was for Intel.

In the newest release of Sandra, the P4 which was getting a score around 1600 in the old version of Sandra, is now up to 2000.

THe Athlon which is now supported properly shows a figure inthe 1600's now, double what was shown in the previous version of the test.

So the visual differences between Intel and AMD in memory bandwidth is negligible at best. Also, while not widely reported, Rambus suffers a sever efficiency drop off over time that DDR ram does not suffer from.

Both systems will give you similar performance, it really comes down to cost.

For the cost of the P4 processor alone you can get an Athlon CPU, the motherboard and a case with Power supply.

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