AMD or Intel?

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  1. switchr92 macrumors member

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    I know that apple is moving to intel, but I'm just curious, if you had to get a windoz Peecee, would you go the AMD or intel route? Intel is certainly the bigger company, but I've heard people say AMDs are superior, and I recently saw that they come with a standard 1600 MHz FSB, which is double intels standard, and even 250 MHz faster than the 2.7 GHz PPC G5. Just curious, what's your guys/girls opinions?
     
  2. Super20 macrumors regular

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    I've always used an AMD chipset because of their ability to be overclocked very easily.
     
  3. DaveP macrumors 6502

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    My family is AMD all the way. Mostly because we started using them when AMD was just breaking out and we wanted to support competition. I'm a bit biased, but I think they are a little better/cheaper.
     
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    AMD for me. But....the P3 was pretty nice, way better than P4 and such.
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Philosphically, AMD 64

    Practically; the POS AMD 64 machine I bought locally failed after 2 weeks so I bought a dual-core P4 from Dell :eek: that was cheaper and has run like a top ever since.

    Note to self: Scratch Seanix off list of reliable brand names.
     
  7. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    If you intend to game on it, then get an AMD.

    Intel CPUs generally have an edge in content creation (image and movie editing), and a kind of simulated dual-CPU setup called HyperThreading. It can in some cases make the system as a whole a bit more responsive (note: it's just from what I've read. Never owned an HT enabled Intel myself). Of course, if you have the cash, you could just get a dualcore AMD, and Intel suddenly have much much less of an advantage.

    For most other stuff, it won't really matter that much. You can potentially get a cooler and quieter system if you use a recent AMD versus a recent Pentium (excluding the Pentium M), since the AMD chips are much cooler (less need for noisy fans), and draw less power.

    Bought a Athlon64 X2 4400+/2x2.2GHz recently (which replaced a Athlon64 3200+/2.0GHz). Couldn't be happier with it.


    Disclamer: The last Intel I owned was a Pentium MMX, and I've used AMD's since then, so I could possibly be a bit biased (though I try not to be).

    Edit:
    CanadaRAM: Seawhat? :eek: Never heard of it.

    I've had no issues with my Athlon64 (nor my Athlon64 X2) and it's on 24/7. :p
     
  8. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    can you please explain to me why the p3s are better than a p4?
     
  9. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    I have a athlon 64 3500 that runs at 2.2. ghz for you Macheads. Its been solid. Runs cooler then the Intels.
     
  10. Xephian macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely go with AMD. They are better than Intel in just about anything right now.
     
  11. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Intel. i've always used intels myself, all my mates go with AMD but their systems are pretty crappy. they're running those XP 2000+ or whatever. not too expensive not too cheap. in summary

    Tom: selling his AMD and motherboard for a P4 and intel motherboard

    Caroline (my girlfriend): only has an AMD cuz her mum isn't all that rich and made her a system. high specis; low quality. really she wants a mactel, but realistically is after a P4 for the moment.

    pete and maria: running 2 AMD machines. they say AMD are absolutely terrible for video editing compared to the intel range.

    where Windows is concerned I wouldnt go for anything other than P4 with HyperThreading.
     
  12. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    I believe intel pentium Ms resemble more cloesly to P3s in their architecture rather than p4s.
     
  13. Rocky3478 macrumors regular

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    I use Intels, AMDs tend to run too hot for me.....
     
  14. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    I take it you're not speaking of current generation AMD and Intels then...
     
  15. Rocky3478 macrumors regular

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    My only experience is with Northwood-core Pentium 4s, a Pentium M, and an Athlon XP 1800 + or so....Both Intels run FAR cooler then the Athlon....
     
  16. link92 macrumors 6502

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    For a desktop: AMD64
    For a laptop: Intel Pentium M

    AMD don't make good enough low power chips...
     
  17. reberto macrumors 65816

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    The AMD in my sig make a G5 look old. I even ran OS X on it. Boot time was 7 seconds! :eek: But I took it off because it did not want Apple to find out! :p
     
  18. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    If you are really curious use the CPU charts at Tom's Hardware Guide to select a comparison of CPU's and multiple programs and games to find out what is best for your needs. http://www23.tomshardware.com/index.html

    I prefer AMD because of the better price performance ratio for gaming. If I was doing video/audio or anything else I would go with an intel dual core (ignoring the fact that I would never concede to do audio/video on a Windows box, unless MS made Windows better than Mac OS X in the future).

    Short Rant,
    How come Apple stopped using System for their OS names. I preferred saying System 7 rather than Mac OS. It just sounded more technical and intellectual. I don't know about you but I would rather say System "X" than Mac OS 10.
     
  19. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    amd.
    and get an abit motherboard.
    fwiw here's my amd system: venice core 3500+, abit an8 motherboard, msi x800 with 256mb vram, 2gb pny pc3200 ram, and a 300gb hard drive :eek:
     
  20. galstaph macrumors 6502a

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    I think it really depends on what is complementing the processor in the computer (motherboard, video card, etc). If you put together a processor such as intel with a motherboard whose company designs while consulting with intel such as asus (if I recall correctly) it will work better than using a moboard from ECS and an intel, conversly using an AMD with an MSI would give you the same effect as the intel-asus combo. All other things equal, I would personally chose AMD because their processor architecture is actually better designed than intels.
     
  21. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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    Intel, cuz thats what Jobs commanded, and we must follow :rolleyes:
     
  22. itsupikiookami macrumors newbie

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    MHO

    AMD. Every PC I've built since the 486 (last Intel processor I owned) has had an AMD in it.

    There will always be an AMD powered PC in my home, but only because my better half can't stand Macs. :(

    I, however, will eventually have a G5 powered beast, and further down the road an Intel powered Mac...
     
  23. Xephian macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, those X2's are pretty fast.
     

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