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Old 21st September 2013, 10:36 PM   #1
midyim is offline midyim  Australia
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Question Intel Or AMD ?

I am working on building a PC for Audio only {under Linux - Ubuntu Studio}. So far my research has come up with SPDIF >Toslink > USB. This leaves me looking for a Mobo with SDIF header & fitting a bracket {Toslink seems to be the norm these days}. The question ... "Is there a difference between Intel & AMD in the quality of the SPDIF output?" Thoughts? eng hoe
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Old 21st September 2013, 10:39 PM   #2
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I prefer AMD purely as one can get a bit more performance from AMD than Intel's performers.Otherwise, you get what you pay for.
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Old 22nd September 2013, 08:52 PM   #3
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Thanks for your info...will do more digging. "Kaveri" is coming out soon, probably wait to see what falls out there. eng hoe
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Old 23rd September 2013, 06:11 AM   #4
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I dont understand this: SPDIF>Toslink>USB. Do you want to generate USB output from SPDIF or what ?
IMHO, SPDIF is normally generated by the audio codec chip not the cpu, so the cpu choice is insignificant.
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Old 23rd September 2013, 06:14 AM   #5
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Intel all the way.

EVERY AMD chip that I've ever known has failed due to it overheating.

I've never had an Intel chip fail on me yet.
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Old 23rd September 2013, 07:26 AM   #6
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That is the conclusion I got from reaing that SPDIF is "better then" Toslink which is "better then" USB w.r.t "jitter". Am I incorrect? I thought that on Intel Mobos the South Bridge generated the SPDIF signal?...haven't found anyhing on AMD mobos. So much to learn...
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I dont understand this: SPDIF>Toslink>USB. Do you want to generate USB output from SPDIF or what ?
IMHO, SPDIF is normally generated by the audio codec chip not the cpu, so the cpu choice is insignificant.
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Old 23rd September 2013, 07:29 AM   #7
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That is certainly a risk I will have to balance if I go the AMD way.
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Intel all the way.

EVERY AMD chip that I've ever known has failed due to it overheating.

I've never had an Intel chip fail on me yet.
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Old 23rd September 2013, 07:48 AM   #8
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This question is about as politically charged as is legal on this forum.

Ive used AMD, and NEVER had a failure due to heat, (and this includes the 140W 9950).... One brand monopoly helps only one man

Wouldn't catch me becoming an iclone either. ��
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Old 23rd September 2013, 08:01 AM   #9
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Intel all the way.

EVERY AMD chip that I've ever known has failed due to it overheating.

I've never had an Intel chip fail on me yet.
If you never had an Intel chip fail on you yet, it can't be conclude "an Intel chip never fail." I had an Intel failed, but I never conclude Intel is better than AMD. Intel and AMD never made one type of processors, you can't conclude base on your processors.

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Old 23rd September 2013, 08:17 AM   #10
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midyim, it does not matter what CPU/chipset brand you choose. I have had both AMD as well as Intel MBs fail, and both will eventually. Things do not work for ever.

IMO a more important issue for you is to learn the principles of audio first, before buying any HW. The proposed SPDIF-TOSLINK-USB chain shows deciding which CPU is still a bit low-level decision at this stage.

You want to use ubuntu - do you have any experience with linux?
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