For just about two years now I've had a pretty upper-mid tier PC. It certainly isn't slow but at the same time, it isn't something worth bragging about. It has always been my dream to have an unbelievably powerful rig. Something I can turn on every day and smile knowing that I worked hard for it. At last the day has come.
In today's post I will compare CPUs, memory, and all that fun stuff. Prepare for my nerdyness to bleed out all over this page.
Switching processors, from AMD to Intel
I've had an AMD FX 9590 for just over two years now. It certainly isn't a slow processor and arguable is the fastest CPU AMD has ever released. It runs at a ground shattering 4.7 GHz (5.0 GHz when boosted) and has a 8MB L2 Cache. Now while that sounds absolutely ridiculous it is important to keep in mind that the frequency of a processor doesn't actually dictate its potential. There are too many variables involved for me to even give you a reasonable comparison between any two CPUs.
What I can tell you about the AMD FX 9590 is that its single core performance is mediocre at best. It is marketed as an 8-core CPU but it doesn't actually have that many modules. AMD has a odd way of handling math compared to Intel. It has separate floating-point/integer units that handle math operations individually. Intel takes instructions and divides them between its separate cores which each share floating-point units (unless we are talking about the Xeon series).
Now I'm not a CPU genius so I don't exactly understand why this is, but the AMD method of handling instructions is slower than that of Intel's.
Upgrading to the i7-7700k
The i7-7700k has an 8mb cache (just like the AMD FX 9590) and runs at 4.2 GHz (4.5 GHz boosted). Now if you only compared frequency the FX 9590 would appear to be a lot faster than the 7700k, but we aren't cavemen and we know how to do our research right? (That's right, I'm looking at you)
On the left we have the i7-7700k and on the right we have the FX 9590. These numbers were generated from 7,015 user samples. We can see that for most users the i7-7700k is nearly 60% faster than the AMD competitor. That is quite a difference.
But of course just checking a single website isn't good enough. You should always take samples from around the web. Below is another comparison website.
Why get a better CPU?
I don't think most people need a high-end processor. My work involves me recompiling a game every 20-30 seconds to test out a chunk of code and often this process is slowed by my CPU alone. This isn't the only application that eats up my CPU though. I often will host servers for various games for my friends and I. Leaving that FX 9590 on over night every day was horrible because 220 watts is absurd. That's like leaving on two super bright lamps all day. Believe me, you see the increase in your electric bill.
Above all else though, I think it is important that you reward yourself for your effort. If you work 40 hours a week every week of your life you'll buy new pairs of shoes or a nice bed. Things that reward you for your labor.
There isn't a ton to talk about here... I've upgraded from 1600 MHz to 2666 MHz memory. That pretty much just means it's a lot faster.
New computer case
The casing of a computer doesn't actually change its performance but it certainly keeps it looking cool and running cooler. I decided to go with the NZXT Phantom Full Tower, Black and Green.
It looks to me to have just the right balance of flashy colors and sleek minimalism (also my favorite color is green). It has plenty of cooling and just as a full tower case should, it has tons of space inside. One of the biggest selling points for me was the price tag on this bad boy, $129.77. For a full tower case with no corners cut that is one heck of a deal.
Where I'll be for the next few weeks
Rock God Tycoon is nearing its full release and so I'm going to be working insane hours the rest of the month. I also am moving at the end of the month so there is just a whole boat load of work for me to do. I tried to put a lot of time into this post so that I could walk away for another week or two without feeling too guilty. Thanks for reading and stay awesome.