PC requirements for NT backtesting & optimization?
I'm going to upgrade my computer. I'm just getting my feet wet with strategy development, backtesting and optimization. My question is, when using Ninjatrader for strategy optimization and such, should I go for a 4-core system (6700K) or a 6-core system (5820K) with weaker cores but more of 'em?
Raw computing power is one thing, smart approach is another thing.
You can bring the most powerful server down, if you approach the problem in an not efficient way
It all depends what you want to do... and understanding what you are doing ...
(an example is the back test tool i wrote, for a very specific problem, it could accelerate a replay with a factor of 20.000x)
but that is not necessary generic true, hence my comment above...
Long story short, NT7 is extremely inefficient. Can't comment on NT8.
I really think when building a new system you should examine more than just the CPU. I just built a new system, and I took into consideration wanting to use M.2 NVMe instead of SSD, and USB 3.1 Type-C support. This lead me to the Z170/X100 platform. I will admit, I don't backtest any longer on workstations. I have big servers co-lo'd in Chicago for all that.
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