Second Life™ users want performance. Most of you know Second Life is NOT an optimized game world but rather a hobbyists-built world that can drag even the best gaming machine down to single digit frame rates. So, performance is a thing among SL users.
CPUs are the heart of performance with the GPU being the legs.
Both Intel and AMD have new CPUs out. So, the natural question is which is best for running Second Life?
In general, this is how the two stack up in head to head testing. (8+ min)
For some data processing in the beginning AMD is noticeably ahead. Yet in the games similar to Second Life the Intel consistently renders about 5±% more frames.
Another take on the AMD/Intel CPUs is here.
What we find is both CPUs use the same clock speeds, base and at burst speeds. So, theoretically they would be of equal power for SL. However, Intel’s task swapping of threads seems to provide a bit of an advantage.
The Intel i7-8700k 3.7GHz 6 Core 12 Threads (capable of being overclocked) is selling for US$350 at Amazon and B&H Photo. Prices as of 5/28/2018.
The AMD Ryzen 7 2700x 3.7GHz 8 Core 16 Threads (can be overclocked) is selling for $320 at B&H and Amazon.
So, it appears that for $30 more you can get 5% more performance with Intel. Whether are not that will be true for Second Life, we don’t know. Plus, there are so many other factors that affect SL performance we can’t know how any given combination will perform until the unit is tested.
You’ll notice game benchmarks do not include SL performance in their results. To reach gamers Linden Lab should pay them to include the tests as part of the the Lab’s marketing effort. Testers test the popular games. SL doesn’t really fall in that category.
Also, it is hard to get consistent tests in SL. Unless both machines use the same avatar (two accounts using the same starter avatar) and are in the same place looking the exact same direction with the same viewer settings, things are different. SL changes by the second. That makes it hard to come back latter and repeat the tests. Things will change.
My front porch tests are not consistent over time. My cute neighbors have moved out and their nice dance club is gone. I am now staring out my window at another dumb castle. So, my ‘porch’ FPS test results will change… again. Professional testers hate that. They want consistent tests that can be repeated over time. So, I doubt we will see SL in any test results that we don’t do ourselves.