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AMD vs Intel??

By Ziris
Aug 23, 2006
  1. I'm going to be upgrading my computer soon, and I had my heart set on an AMD x2 4200+ Socket AM2 processor. But I've recently read that Intel's new Core 2 Duo processors are a force to be reckoned with, even defeating AMD in some instances. Any recommendations as to whether I should stick to the AMD, or seek an Intel alternative?
     
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Currently Intel is the way to go for just about everyone who is building a new system. You can compare performance against various AMD/Intel processors here in the benchmarks:

    http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu.html
     
  3. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

    I cant decide whats a good processor under 130$ :) im thinking about a P4
     
  4. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    For $130, AMD would beat intel... because Intel's only really good processors are Core2 Duos... and you can't buy those for $130. An Athlon 64 would easily outclass a P4 or PD in that price range.
     
  5. i_am_a_newbie

    i_am_a_newbie TS Rookie Posts: 278

    Yeah, but for "future proofing" a $130 LGA775 processor would be a good choice and wouldn't lose to an AMD equivalent too too bad.
     
  6. Face of LA

    Face of LA TS Rookie Posts: 186

    Get the Core 2 duo when u get enuf Money, cuz its the best processor, the 2.4GHZ Beat the 3.6 of other processors, and the Core 2 Duo wud still beat other processors that will be made in 5 years
     
  7. Ziris

    Ziris TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, so let's say that price wasn't a factor, and it was a toss up between, oh....
    this Intel:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005
    and this AMD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103747
    Looking at the specs tells me that I can get a faster operating AMD without the cache bottleneck for cheaper than Intel. However, Intel has a smaller process type, 65nm vs 90nm in AMD. Is there something about the new Core 2 Duo's (like a better architecture) that would allow it to outperform AMD despite its shortcomings?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115004
    Even with a similar operating frequency, I still see a cache bottleneck.
     
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    65nm is what gives the Core 2 Duo its massive performance advantage over AMD equivalents. Plus it runs so cool that u can overclock it almost 1 GHz more with stock cooling and it will still stay stable. I just got an E6700 and I OC'd it to 3.3GHz w/out any problems.
     
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