Which is better? AMD Athlon or Intel Pentium 4?

By SharkFiNbowL ยท 177 replies
Apr 22, 2003
  1. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    I agree.
  2. consie89

    consie89 Banned Posts: 47

    I know its a bit of the subjuct but is formatting your hardrive a lot unhealthy?
  3. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    No, its no different than using your computer frequently, the disk is always being read/written too.....
  4. consie89

    consie89 Banned Posts: 47

    If money wasnt the issue, which cpu would be the best? Pentium?
  5. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    I say if money were not the issue go for the Intel Pentium:grinthumb ...I myself use AMD Athlon XP, but would gladly change to Intel if I had the $$'s right now...
  6. consie89

    consie89 Banned Posts: 47

    i know were drifting away from the subject here but what is HT? pentium seem to be boasing it a bit
  7. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

    Give me just a minute and I'll find a site that shows a clear definition of what it is, I know what it is..but it takes a bit to explain...
  8. vassil3427

    vassil3427 TS Rookie Posts: 640

  9. consie89

    consie89 Banned Posts: 47

    i know that, but what is Hyperthreading?
  10. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    I think you're right olefarte. No introduction and straight into posting as normal. Some people never give up.

    Can someone check his email address and ban him. I did notice the '89' as his birthday year. And still no apology forthcoming. :rolleyes:
  11. consie89

    consie89 Banned Posts: 47

    who? i put a greeting post into the newbe thread and i havnt done anyhting. What is wong?
  12. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,345   +13

    I suppose as long as you act civil, nothing will be wrong, I guess. But then again?
  13. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    Personally, I would like to see a roundup of a huge number of CPUs, from various vendors, akin to THGs some-odd 60 cpu test or whatever it was they did a while back, but with VIAs Nehemiah and Centaur line included, the Transmeta Crusoe, and of course the G5... and maybe some of the lower end 64bit cpus released by say IBM, sparc, et cetera (now that both AMD and intel will be making 64bit desktop CPUs a much bigger thing)
  14. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    And to what end would such a test prove useful? Each cpu fits a different market, and for consumers there isn't really that great a choice, outwith the two market leaders, AMD and Intel. Sure there are others, but software availability is more important than CPU brand, so that leaves Macs out, unless you have only a few apps you need to run. For users that have a specific requirement that needs filling, then there are alternatives, but I don't see why a review comparing all the different cpus together would be useful. Interesting maybe, but useful, not really.
  15. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 592

    well said, soul

    although, i wouldn't exactly put you in the happy go lucky category.............:D
  16. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Lets just put it this way, a feature that allows you to do multiple task at the same time, like burning CDs while surfing or doing word processing and etc.
  17. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Y&W: no point in responding to consie89 (also known as rmwc, rory1, cyberstrider) as he has been banned twice and keeps returning under a different name. He is both rude (too rude to repeat) and ignorant, so don't give him any help with his queries, and look out for any new members in disguise asking similar questions.
  18. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    If that is true...what a guy with determination. I wasn't aware of this before. I'll take note about this.
  19. Dantrag

    Dantrag TS Enthusiast Posts: 135

    ban his ip...wont that just be the best thing?
  20. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Its all sorted now, so no more worries.
  21. Shabby

    Shabby TS Rookie


    Is the problem regarding AMD's overheating an issue for "very average" computer users? Or does this only create a problem for advanced users?

    A friend of mine told me to stay away from AMD Athlon because they are too hot and you need fans.

    I'm a student trying to decide whether to spend a little less and get AMD Athlon XP-M 2500+ or spend a little more and get Intel Pentium 4 2.66 or P4M2.0

    IS there really much difference between these for an average user?
  22. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    There is no overheating issue with Athlon XP processors, only with Intel P4 3.06GHz, and the new Prescotts that will arrive soon. AMD's non-XP early Athlons ran relatively hot, but those haven't been available for a couple of years now. You need a heatsink/fan for all CPUs, not just Athlons. Athlon XP is an excellent buy and overclocks well. P4's are also good, and worth getting if cost isn't a concern.
  23. duffguy

    duffguy TS Rookie Posts: 125

    my cousin has a intel pentuim 4 extrem edition and he says its good for multitasking and stuff.But for gaming he says it still has some things to work on. if u want a processor for gaming then i would reccomend a amd athlon 4500+ or higher.

    well said nic :)
  24. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Should we beat you upside the head with a brick or will you avoid posting in two year old threads from now on ? :knock:
  25. Secondgunman

    Secondgunman TS Rookie Posts: 91

    Waist of money...

    Intel are over priced piles of crap for the average user it is a waist of money to buy Intel chips as the are looking for the best speed and delivery of apps to a GUI and hands down that will be AMD every time as apps open faster (sometimes even 100 times faster) on AMD then Intel dont belive me get a P4 3.7 Ghz and a AMD FX57 and open ms word or any Adobe program then tell me what one you see first. be cause you will see the AMD in 1/2 the time.

    Besides AMD is better now then Intel and the are even taking jobs from MACs now; as alot of CGI os now being done on AMD systems. NOT INHEL
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