Hi Guys - I'm looking at improving my rendering times and I just wanted to know if anyone has tried rending on an AMD FX 8150 EIGHT-CORE BLACK EDITION CPU, 3.6 GHz
Not very good for an 8 physical core system. There are SolidWorks PV360 results near the bottom.
Look at overclocking your current Core i7 2600K system.
Over all second place, behind a way over priced i7 no less..............................seems like a good choice to me, then over clock it and walk all over the Intel stuff
Not when the OP already has a Core i7 2600K. He will gain nothing by purchasing the AMD cpu. See his other thread on this subject.
I doubt it will walk over the Intel when you overclock it. You can overclock a Core i7 2600K just as well too.
That said it is a nice cpu for the money and would make a nice low cost rendering rig if you do not spend a ton of your day rendering.
For the best rendering available today, get a dual socket Xeon X5690. With two processors, that will give you a total of 12 cores (24 threads), and cost you both arms and both legs.
For $2,500, you can get the next-best thing, with the 6-core Sandy Bridge system. It will have the same single-core processing power as your current system, except with 6 cores (12 threads). This uses a different motherboard than the Core i7-2600K, so you will need at least a new motherboard and processor. I created a thread for that here: https://forum.solidworks.com/message/259674#259674
But really, I agree with Anna. Beef up the Core i7-2600K cooling system, maybe go liquid cooled. You can get it up past 4.5GHz, and really get that system going for not that much more money.
Alternatly, next spring the new 8 core Sandy Bridge dual socket Xeon systems will be available (so with a dual CPU setup, it would have 16 cores and 32 threads). So for another few thousand dollars, you can have a smoking fast system then, if they can wait that long (there's always something newer and faster around the corner).
The new 8 core Sandy Bridges are going to cost you both arms, both legs and your first born.
I am already saving money to add a few of those new cpu's to my render farm next year.
The newly release 3930X will improve his rendering and not damage the piggy bank as much and it can be overclocked to 4.8 Ghz with liquid cooling.
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