Intel Dual Core better for trading/video edit?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by richardyu301, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. I hv heard that AMD is better for gaming (heavy at floating pt calculation) while Intel is better for trading/video edit.

    Is it true? I am considering either buying a Intel dual core (940/950) or AMD dual core (4600+/4800+).

    I know that AMD has its memory controller built in and it can do more in each cycle so given the same external freq AMD can perform better. But if trading is more heavy at non-floating pt calculation, are these still as important??

    I prefer a dual core instead of a more powerful single-core since I run TWS/TS/eSignal at the same time.
  2. If your running esignal, go with an intel chip. There appears to be some conflict with esigal and the AMD 64 bit chips. See for more info.

  3. I hv just seen the posts there. Here is a poll from there.

    My AMD 64bit and eSignal crashes at least once daily 1 11.11%
    My AMD 64bit and eSignal crashes infrequently 2 22.22%
    My AMD 64bit and eSignal has never crashed. 2 22.22%
    I don't use an AMD 64bit with eSignal but wanted to vote 4 44.44%

    Below is their comment on this issue:
    "As ScottJ mentioned in this thread also on the topic, we are currently testing a number of AMD 64-bit processors. We will follow-up on the forums once we have our testing results ready.

    A bit off-topic, but we can verify that eSignal runs fine on Intel's 64-bit chips, but we know that AMD has most of the 64-bit retail market."
  4. Even if we assume that there is no compatibility issue (between AMD and eSignal), is it valid to say that Intel is better than AMD for trading since AMD's strength in floating no calculation and memory architecture is less important since eSignal/TS puts a heavy emphasis on arithmetic calculation instead of memory architecture/floating no calculation?? thx.
  5. Is ESignal written to take advantage of multuprocessing? I doubt it.
  6. Amd machines are faster but every amd machine I have had have had issues of some type. Cpu burning out, memory going bad, muthaboard problems etc. I have had 3 amd machines.

    I have a 5 year old intel that is whisper quiet and has never had any issues period.

    I may get Intel next.

  7. I am starting to feel the same way after having problems with my last two AMD's. Maybe its time to short AMD.
  8. eSignal doesn't support multiprocessing. But having dual core/processor still help since I run TS/eSignal/TWS at the same time.

    Anyway, there are many threads on whether dual cores can really help. But the real thing I want to know is whether AMD or Intel should be chosen since AMD's advantage of floating no calculation/built-in memory controller may not be as important as the "raw" arithmetic computing power, which is an area where some ppl claim that Intel has an edge....

    any advice?

  9. i run 4 pc's,1 intel and 3 Amd's
    i use TWS, tradestation 2000i + Dynamite Sentimentor(fibertec) + WHS brokerage(impl.platform)
    Intel: P4 3.2 GHz- 2 x 1024 MB pc3200 ecc - MB MSI D875P-Neo/Quadro FX1100

    AMD: 1 x Athlon 64 3500- 2.2-GHz/ 2 x 1024 pc2700/ MSI K8N Neo2-FX- nforce3/ Quadro FX 1100

    1 x Amd opteron175 dual core 2.2GHz/ 2 x 1024 pc3200ecc/ Supermicro H8SSL-I-B / Parhelia 256 PCI

    1x Amd 2 x Opteron 842 -2 x 1.6 GHz/ 4 x 1024 pc2100 reg.ecc/ Tyan S2885/ Quadro FX4000

    Most stable: 1.Amd Opteron 175
    2.Amd Opteron 842
    3.Amd Athlon 64
    4.Intel P4
    Speed: idem-dito
    OS: W2K
    i can advice the opt.175 to everyone

    I selected the last Amd using this test:
  10. It seems AMD is ahead of Intel in 64-bit and dual core architecture. They are even going to release a more than 2 core CPU in 2007. I'm wondering if 64-bit would really bring any advantage to trading applications.
    #10     Feb 8, 2006