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AMD vs. Intel, which processor to buy?

by dawn_swe / June 16, 2008 8:10 PM PDT

As some of you might know from previous posts I?m planning on buying a computer and I saw that the AMD processor is much cheaper than the Intel processor and I wonder if there is any bigger difference between these two computers:


Cooler Master Centurion 5 Miditower Black/Silver without PSU

Chieftec CFT-500A-12S 500W ATX/DualX EPS-12V 120mm Fan 20/24-pin (AMD&P4 OK)

Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DS5 AMD790FX 4DDR2-DIMM 2PCI 5PCIe SATA Raid Audio GB-LAN Firewire Socket AM2+ ATX

Samsung SH-S203D/BEBN DVD

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the q9450 is much faster
by ramarc / June 17, 2008 2:12 AM PDT
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consider C2Duo too
by squirtlewa / June 18, 2008 10:13 PM PDT

For gaming, you could consider an Intel dual core from the Core 2 line.

The E8400 would outperform the Phenom in most games and save some money (from your post I assumed the lower $$ for AMD was the motivator), and I see it around $200ish. There's others to choose from too, of course.

I'm afraid right now AMD just hasn't kept up with Intel for CPUs for gamers (I still really like the Phenoms for general office use). I know I'm not alone in hoping they catch up. But for now I really think Intel is the better way to go. As linked above, the data are pretty clear when you put em to the test.

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A Prediction
by greybear70 / June 20, 2008 2:33 PM PDT

Something to think about.
World's Fastest Supercomputers Employ AMD Opteron(TM) Processors to Reach Unprecedented Performance
3 of the Top 5 Systems and 7 of the Top 20 Systems Depend on AMD Innovation Top 20 Showing for AMD Opteron Processors Outpaces any other x86 Processor Architecture by Almost 2:1

DRESDEN, Germany, Jun 18, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- At the International Supercomputing Conference, AMD (AMD) today announced that its AMD Opteron(TM) processors have helped deliver many of the top performing supercomputers in the world. For the first time ever, AMD technology plays a role in the number one supercomputer in the world and this same processor technology that helps drive the number one supercomputer is also readily available for business and personal computing
My prediction? Someday, AMD will leave INTEL in the micro dust. This doesn't help you much with buying your computer today, but it's still something to think about. Good luck, Greybear70

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dreams of the future vs today's reality
by squirtlewa / June 21, 2008 4:05 AM PDT
In reply to: A Prediction

To some extent that's like saying a Chevy won the Daytona 500, so their cars must be the best mileage. Supercomputers != consumer computers.

I think it'd be great if AMD would catch up and pass, as we all benefit from the results of competition.

But for now doing main HQ in Dresden's euros vs Intel's devalued US$ and the sizable lead Intel has, I think it'll be after we get a new CPU slot (so new mobo) before a person would feel like they'd get categorically better performance from AMD than they can from Intel.

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AMD versus Intel MAchine
by Ozzie / June 21, 2008 3:09 PM PDT

I agree the Intel would be much faster at playing games and I also fully agree that you should try and save some money and get a fast dual core rather then a quad core as there are not a whole lot of programs that can take advantage of 4 cores at the moment, or even in the foreseeable future, and not a single game is on the list, although a lot of posters claim that Crysis uses all four (NOT). But if it is just between those no two, go for the Intel. While AMD's beat out Intel's, that only applies to certain ranges of CPUs, and not higher mid-range to high end cpu's.

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AMD versus Intel MAchine
by mymanatee / June 22, 2008 10:54 PM PDT

AMD has always performed more executions per clock cycles than Intel and as others have stated I too wish AMD would get their stuff together, but currently Intel is kicking AMD?s butt in most categories.

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What you should do...
by Forked_Tongue / June 25, 2008 12:48 PM PDT

Look at this comparison chart first before making your decision. I would also recommend dropping your budget in the video card cpu area and get a much better power supply, a bad power supply when it craps out will take out the other peripherals.

I'll take you another direction as well, why not buy a premade quad core and add your own power supply and video card? Here's a pretty cheap option

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by repete_smile / June 29, 2008 9:58 AM PDT

Athlon X2 is easy to overclock. Just unlock the multiplier. I think black edition AMDs are already unlocked, I can't afford to buy one to test out my theory though.

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by repete_smile / June 29, 2008 10:10 AM PDT
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Whoops. i was thinking about athlon xp, a long time ago. remember the pencil unlocking trick. unlocking an X2 is much harder. BEs do come unlocked, googled it.

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