new CPU should I look for better Floating Point or Integer Performance (anything else to consider AVX?)
I'm actually jumping the gun but I'd like to make the right choice... .. when my current lease runs out (and my fiance gets my current system for her science degree) there appears to be a distinct difference between current AMD and Intel offerings coming this year
AMD (bulldozer) offer much better integer calculation performance at the sacrifice of floating point calculation.
The next gen Intel will be very much the same as the current ones with faster clocks and lower tdp ... they offer better floating point calculation.. and avx performance than the AMD's .. (they do have fewer cores so multithreaded performance is also sacrificed but each core is able to do more so that side seems to balance)
So unless avx is implemented in ardour (can gcc do this automagically at compile time) then the primary question remains, does ardour do more floating point or integer calculations.. (I'm pretty sure it's floating point but need confirmation)