Nov 08, 2012

What's the difference between AMD and Intel CPUs?

I remember "back in the day" Intel used to be the boss, and AMD was the CPU of choice for the budget minded. My personal laptop has an Intel processor, but frankly, I barely glanced at whether it was AMD or Intel, I was more concerned about display, features, speed, etc.  For the average user, does one offer any real advantage/disadvantage over the other?

I doubt any average users care either way. Performance users such as gamers would want the fastest chip, regardless of who makes it. But your average person probably wouldn't notice or care if the chip was made by Intel, AMD or somebody else. Who cares as long as your applications run at a reasonable speed?

If I want the highest performance CPU, I go with Intel, no hesitation.  Well, no hesitation unless I have to pay for it myself, then things get a little more complicated, because the fact is that Intel is more expensive.  For most purposes on my home PC, there isn't THAT much difference.  At work, where we have servers and performance really matters Intel Sandy Bridge is the choice, despite the added expense of specific motherboards.  AMD is ok, and compatible with standard motherboards, so I can see where that choice would be viable too.  The newish AMD Bulldozer CPUs are big power hogs though.

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