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Old 03-04-2019, 05:36 PM
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Hi there! I'm a hobbyist looking at finally replacing my now 10-year-old desktop with something that doesn't have an asthma attack when I load more than five Symphonic Orchestra patches simultaneously. Judging from the setups I've seen in people's signatures, Intel appears to be a more popular processor choice than AMD for music workstations. I'm interested to know if there is a clear advantage to one over the other.

A friend of mine who is more geared toward gaming PCs recommended an AMD build around the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. How would this processor fare compared to the similarly priced Intel i7 8700?

For comparison, the AMD chip has 8 cores, up to 16 threads, 3.7 GHz clock speed with Max Boost up to 4.3 GHz.

The Intel has 6 cores, 12 threads, 3.2 GHz, 4.6 GHz turbo.

So those are all the numbers that are supposed to dazzle people like me who don't actually understand the intricacies of processor architecture. What do you guys say?
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:23 AM
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Wait for AMDs new 7nm CPUs due in July.
They’re inexpensive and as powerful as Intel CPUs costing 2-3 times more money.
The X570 Chips is going to be a record setter for bringing USB 3.2 and PCI 4.0.

But don’t read about benchmarks unless it’s from this website.
These guys use everything we use and their tests save us time and money by doing actual audio benchmarks.

https://techreport.com/review/34253/...e-cpu-reviewed

This is a great review, and also the chip to beat that Intel makes, if you can find one.
Another benefit is AMD wont screw you with new motherboard and chipsets needing to be built every year.
AM4 has been around for years, so it’s safe to assume X570s will be the chips to use for years to come.
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Sorry, forgot to mention this.
Probably the most informative article since CES.
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https://www.tomshardware.com/news/am...now,38233.html
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Are you going to be using Cubase? If so, go with Intel, hands down.
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Thanks for the response, scope4live! Those audio benchmarks are a fantastic resource. I'll take a look at some of their other reviews, too.

I haven't settled on software. In the past I've used Sonar, but I'm several versions out of date, so I'm not tied down to it. Why is Intel better for Cubase?
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As far as I'm aware, there had been reported issues of AMD not working that
properly with Cubase. I'm not too sure how that holds up with the newest
CPU generations. I'd recommend googling it a bit or perhaps Jeremy
can give a some more info?

Here are two articles from Steinberg support:

https://helpcenter.steinberg.de/hc/e...DAW-Components

https://helpcenter.steinberg.de/hc/e...and-ASIO-Guard
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