Switching from Intel to AMD

1 : Anonymous2021/10/19 19:58 ID: qbjj4l

Hi All, I am thinking of switching to Ryzen. I have very little to no experience with AMD machines. I bought the Ryzen system used from a friend 1 month ago and it runs just fine with Linux as of now. Specifications are given below.

Main PC :

CPU - Intel i5 6400
Motherboard - Gigabyte B150m
RAM - 16GB 2133Mhz
GPU - MSI GTX 1070 8GB
Boot Drive - Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB

NAS/Home server:

CPU - Ryzen 3 1200
Motherboard - MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
RAM - 16GB 3000Mhz (Gskill Ripjaws)

I know Ryzen 3 1200 is an entry level CPU and I can expect similar performance to my i5 in games. But I see it as a placeholder for now and will get something newer like 3600 or 5600x (maybe AMD 3D cache CPU). Also I use my PC for Gaming (1440p 144hz), Video Encoding and Coding.

So I have 3 questions !

Advise on how to get most out of my Ryzen 1200 CPU for the time being.

Which CPU should I aim for in the future.

Is it a good idea to switch from Intel to AMD in the first place or there will be challenges, if any ?

PS :- Sorry for making you read such a long post.

2 : Anonymous2021/10/19 20:28 ID: hha04xv

I wouldn’t replace a skylake four core for a 1st gen Zen four core. The ipc difference and clock speed difference is pretty significant. You’re going to be giving yourself worse performance compared to an already outdated i5.

ID: hhanerp

Then I should wait and get a better CPU. To be honest, This aspect did concern me a little.

3 : Anonymous2021/10/19 20:31 ID: hha0n0a
Overclocking would be the obvious thing to try. The newest, best thing that your budget allows. AMD is well established at this point. There will likely be more challenges switching to Intel's new Alder Lake than switching to AMD.

That said, when you're upgrading you will have to make sure that you have an up to date BIOS. That's something that's normally less of an issue on the Intel side simply because there's less of an upgrade path.

4 : Anonymous2021/10/19 20:34 ID: hha13t0

The 1200 can be overclocked by a decent amount. Base clock is 3.1 Ghz, but it should do 3.8+ all-core. Though, I'm confused if you are using this as a NAS? Or are you considering switching it to your personal machine?

As for upgrade, it depends on your local prices but a 3600 is plenty for "entry level" GPUs like a 1070 at 1440p... But sometimes the 5600X is selling for not much price difference.

ID: hha37dl

I was using an Old Sandy bridge machine as my NAS running linux which I retired now after getting this Amd combo I plugged my SSD and HDDs and started using it as my new Nas. Everything worked out of the box.

But now thinking of using this AMD Processor , Motherboard and Ram in my Main PC. And use my Skylake build as a NAS !

ID: hha4rj6

As far as upgrade options go and the equipment you have. The AMD platform you have can be upgraded to be a lot faster than your Intel one.
So your outlined plan sounds very sensible if you are looking for a more powerful CPU now.

5 : Anonymous2021/10/19 20:01 ID: hh9w414
you really can't polish a turd. Sorry, i know it sounds harsh but hey. It's a ryzen 1 entry level cpu. Nothing much can be done to make it bloom. 5600x (no point in spending pretty much the same for a 3600) or as you said the soon to come 3d cache refresh Not really any challenges really. But i've always been with amd and windows, so...
6 : Anonymous2021/10/19 22:08 ID: hhaehan

If you can find an i7 6700 or 7700 for 100-120$, it's worth it as it's similarly performing to the similarly priced i3 10100 or Ryzen 3100. The hyperthreading will help smooth out framerates.

Other than that, you're looking at an i5 10400/11400 or Ryzen 5600X for a CPU that is worth upgrading a motherboard for.

ID: hhaipk4

Don't have to upgrade the motherboard for a 5600X, absolutely no need.

ID: hhan1a7

Exactly this. The max processor the Intel board can do is the i7-7700k. But the AMD board he has can currently run up to a R9 5950x
I know which platform I would rather be upgrading.

7 : Anonymous2021/10/19 21:46 ID: hhabfyd

Get 3600mhz ram at least.


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