AMD or Intel?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by switchr92, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. switchr92 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2005
    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

    Jul 24, 2004
    Council Bluffs, IA
    I've always used an AMD chipset because of their ability to be overclocked very easily.
  3. DaveP macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2005
    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.
  4. WillMak macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2005
  5. opusthe2nd macrumors 6502


    Sep 5, 2005
    AMD for me. But....the P3 was pretty nice, way better than P4 and such.
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    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


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    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).

    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


    Jun 7, 2005
    can you please explain to me why the p3s are better than a p4?
  9. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    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


    May 2, 2005
    United States
    Definitely go with AMD. They are better than Intel in just about anything right now.
  11. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    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

    Jul 29, 2005
    I believe intel pentium Ms resemble more cloesly to P3s in their architecture rather than p4s.
  13. Rocky3478 macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2005
    I use Intels, AMDs tend to run too hot for me.....
  14. dubbz macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    I take it you're not speaking of current generation AMD and Intels then...
  15. Rocky3478 macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2005
    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

    Aug 15, 2004
    For a desktop: AMD64
    For a laptop: Intel Pentium M

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


    Jul 20, 2005
    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


    Dec 19, 2004
    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.

    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


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    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


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    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


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    Intel, cuz thats what Jobs commanded, and we must follow :rolleyes:
  22. itsupikiookami macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2005

    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


    May 2, 2005
    United States
    Yeah, those X2's are pretty fast.

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