Hi, after using only notebooks for over a decade, I am thinking about getting a (Windows) desktop PC. Not being much of a gamer, my primary concern with performance is deep-zooming the Mandelbrot set in UF. Does anybody have a suggestion for this, or even a benchmark computed on their machine?
I've read Frederik suggesting an i7. Is UF specifically tailored to Intel? I never read anything about hardware-related optimisations like those listed for Mandel Machine, so while these are probably the reason MM is still much faster, it could mean that the type of CPU should not matter much for UF.
Currently, the main high-end choice in the price range up to around $/€400 seems to be between:
- Intel's Core i7 8700K with 12 logical cores
- AMD's Ryzen 7 2700X with 16 logical cores
In benchmarks, the i7 often wins because it runs at higher clock speeds. But the Ryzen wins when the number of cores is most relevant, which I assume to be the case with UF. Together with the fact that it's also only 70% of the price of the i7, it seems that I should pick the Ryzen.
Should I reconsider? Is Intel's multithreading approach better for UF's built-in Mandelbrot computations?