Question CPU Recommendation

xclone

Distinguished
Jul 25, 2014
32
0
18,530
0
Hello Folks!

I am finally looking to upgrade from my aging Intel 6950x .

I was initially looking at the new AMD 5975wx because of the higher core count (I work as a developer) but I am thinking that this might still be a massive overkill. I do occasionally game but my work is my main use case.

Should I wait till the new AMD and Intel processors are announced later this year? Are they likely to be more cost effective for my use case? I am primarily going to be running docker with loads of containers running simultaneously - some of them have pretty heavy CPU loads (AI models etc)

I also more than likely won't be upgrading for a while after this.

I have been saving up for sometime for the upgrade so I can afford to buy the higher priced Threadripper but I would rather save the money for something else if it does turn out to be an overkill.

I would be very grateful for any advice y'all might have for me.

TIA
 
Hello Folks!

I am finally looking to upgrade from my aging Intel 6950x .

I was initially looking at the new AMD 5975wx because of the higher core count (I work as a developer) but I am thinking that this might still be a massive overkill. I do occasionally game but my work is my main use case.

Should I wait till the new AMD and Intel processors are announced later this year? Are they likely to be more cost effective for my use case? I am primarily going to be running docker with loads of containers running simultaneously - some of them have pretty heavy CPU loads (AI models etc)

I also more than likely won't be upgrading for a while after this.

I have been saving up for sometime for the upgrade so I can afford to buy the higher priced Threadripper but I would rather save the money for something else if it does turn out to be an overkill.

I would be very grateful for any advice y'all might have for me.

TIA
Next one under is R9 5950x which is more universal than Threadripper. I'm sure 7950x is also coming soon.
 

Nighthawk117

Respectable
Hello Folks!

I am finally looking to upgrade from my aging Intel 6950x .

I was initially looking at the new AMD 5975wx because of the higher core count (I work as a developer) but I am thinking that this might still be a massive overkill. I do occasionally game but my work is my main use case.

Should I wait till the new AMD and Intel processors are announced later this year? Are they likely to be more cost effective for my use case? I am primarily going to be running docker with loads of containers running simultaneously - some of them have pretty heavy CPU loads (AI models etc)

I also more than likely won't be upgrading for a while after this.

I have been saving up for sometime for the upgrade so I can afford to buy the higher priced Threadripper but I would rather save the money for something else if it does turn out to be an overkill.

I would be very grateful for any advice y'all might have for me.

TIA
A Threadripper is massively overkill for the majority of people, but I guess you could have said that about the 6950X when you bought it. The lines between HEDT and the mainstream platforms have been blurred in recent years. Intel HEDT absolutely should not be considered until it's refreshed as it's very old now.

In terms of Threadripper, you will probably be waiting about a year for a Zen 4 version. You may be better served by a 13900K (8 P cores, 16 E cores) or the 7950X (16 cores) announced on the 29th of August.

I think you've still got a pretty capable CPU, if you go mainstream I would wait for the new stuff to come out and get the top chip from either Intel or AMD. The Threadripper is really nice, but that's a lot of money. You say your doing AI loads on the CPU, may I assume that fully utilises all 10 cores?
 
Reactions: Roland Of Gilead

geofelt

Titan
Unless your need is urgent, wait to see what is offered.
Usually, a new line from either intel or amd will reflect about a 15% price/performance boost.

Run task manager while you are doing your normal work.
You will get some idea of how many threads are in use and how full they are.
Your I7-6950X has 20 threads and a passmark rating of 17226.
That is when all 20 threads are fully utilized.
The single thread rating is 2336.
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-6950X+@+3.00GHz&id=2792

The 5975wx you are looking at has 64 threads and a rating of 79638/3322:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Ryzen+Threadripper+PRO+5975WX&id=4776
At a price of 3 grand, I doubt it is worth it to you.

Today, the i9-12900K is more reasonable with 24 threads and a 40158/4201 rating.
Or the R9-5950X with 32 threads and a rating of 46172/3500
Which to pick will depend on how often you can load all cores.
I think faster cores is usually the better option.
 
Reactions: CountMike

ASK THE COMMUNITY

TRENDING THREADS