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AMD X2 vs. Pentium D

by cardinal123 / October 29, 2005 2:53 PM PDT

Any opinions as to which would be better, specifically for a new gaming machine? The ones I'm looking at that are roughly equivalent in pricing are the Pentium D 830 3.0GHz w/2x1MB cache vs. the AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ w/2x512k cache (perhaps, although a bit of a price stretch, the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ w/2x512k cache). What do you guys think, and why? Also, any links to sites that compare the two?

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Very nice.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2005 9:33 PM PDT
In reply to: AMD X2 vs. Pentium D

I've owned dual CPU systems for years and always found them smooth and fast.

-> As to your comparison, see if http://www.tomshardware.com has benchmarks on your selections.


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dual core processors.
by pcguru4u / October 30, 2005 11:35 AM PST
In reply to: Very nice.

Toms Hardware has a lot of info regarding this, but two major differences are evident with AMD vs Intel. AMD uses on-board memory controllers which is really good for gaming while Intels processors use more complex instruction sets which is usually better at video encoding. Depends on what you want to do. YMMV

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Did you mean "on-chip?" re memory controller?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 30, 2005 8:19 PM PST
In reply to: dual core processors.

Onboard used to mean on the motherboard.


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Dual core processors
by Behindthescenes / December 28, 2005 6:55 AM PST
In reply to: dual core processors.

So, which do you perfer? AMD or Intel? I'm kinda new with computers I mean I know a little here and there. So my question is how is intel better for video encoding? What is it's purpose? Is AMD not good for video encoding? Sorry for the dumb questions but I want to build a new computer and I'm kinda leaning toward AMD because of the 64 bit processor. I mean I don't do too much gaming but I would like to have the 64 bit processor. Also I'm thinking about going dual core but I just read that there isn't a need for it because we barely us 1/4 of the processor. That's what one guy or girl said on this forum.

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by damasta55r / December 28, 2005 8:24 AM PST
In reply to: Dual core processors

Go for it. Intel is 64-bit also, but currently uses more power and gets hotter and underperforms its amd counterpart.


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