12-20-2019 03:53 AM
I'm upgrading my workstation for doing more work with Vivado.
Currently builds take about 10 minutes even for simple designs. I'd like them to be faster.
I currently have an Intel Core i5-4460. I am upgrading the motherboard and RAM at the same time.
In terms of processor, would anyone be able to suggest a good processor? I am minded to consider the AMD Ryzen 3700X; does anyone have any experience with this? Is it better to have more single-threaded performance or better multi-threaded performance?
12-20-2019 05:05 AM
02-10-2020 01:03 PM
So I took the plunge and ordered an AMD Ryzen 3800X
What can I say, as an upgrade from the i5-4460
Before, the build time was 25 minutes for my current design, now it is under 6 minutes. Massive improvement. While synthesis seems only slightly faster (I am guessing it is single or dual threaded only), place and route has improved significantly.
There are likely some other minor improvements, such as branch prediction and larger cache, that also benefit the AMD processor.
Also, I can comprehensively say that in terms of raw performance, Intel has been well and truly knocked off the thrown. Long live the new king -- AMD.