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    Intel vs AMD: Everything You Need to Know

    The unique comparison between AMD vs Intel processors for price, performance, security, availability and technology.

    It’s an age-old debate: Intel or AMD? For many, Intel is the brand of choice for quality and reliability and AMD is the budget chip. However, that isn’t necessarily always the case. With these tips, you’ll be able to make the best decision for your computer needs.

    Intel is the number one producer of semiconductors in the world. They are the “premier” brand when it comes to technology. Their chips are used in almost every computer manufactured today. That’s good for the consumer because it means you can get a high-quality machine at an affordable price.

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    What Makes Intel Better Than AMD? Many people like to use Intel because they feel like they’re getting more for their money. But is this really the case? In this issue, I’m going to give you a very simple test that will tell you EXACTLY… Whether You Should Be Using Intel Or AMD Computers! Here’s how it works: Let’s say you have a choice between buying an AMD or Intel computer system.

    AMD vs Intel CPU Security

    AMD has a history of utilizing the latest hardware and software security technologies. AMD CPUs and APUs use a proprietary technology called AMD Secure Technology (AMD-S) to meet the requirements of the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

    Intel vs AMD CPU Architecture

    Processor architectures are classified as either being a CISC architecture or a RISC architecture.

    CISC architecture processors perform operations like those performed by a computer’s central processing unit (CPU) such as instructions such as ADD, SUBTRACT, SHIFT, LOAD, and CALL; RISC architecture processors perform operations like those performed by an actual computer such as instructions such as ADD, SUBTRACT, SHIFT, LOAD, and CALL.

    AMD vs Intel CPU Power Consumption and Heat

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    When it comes to power consumption and heat, Intel CPUs are superior to AMD CPUs. Intel CPUs use a technology called Intel SpeedStep® which allows them to run at a lower temperature and consume less power than other CPUs. AMD CPUs do not have this technology and therefore, they have higher temperatures and consume more power than Intel CPUs.

    AMD vs Intel – Which is better?

    Because of the questions I just answered for you, don’t you now have all the information you need to make an intelligent decision about which CPU is right for you? Not so fast my friend. There’s one more question you need to answer before you can come to a final conclusion. That question is: Do You Require A Computer With The Latest Technologies Available? If your answer to that question is “yes”, then you should definitely go with an Intel computer. However, if your answer is “no”, then you should definitely go with an AMD computer. Let’s say you are a computer novice or someone who hasn’t purchased a computer in a few years. Both are good but AMD processors are cheaper than Intel processors.

    Certainly, if you fall into either of those categories and you don’t require the most advanced technology available, then you should get an AMD processor. However, if you are a computer guru who demands the absolute best processing power and features available, then you should get an Intel CPU. That’s it for today. I hope I have managed to help you understand the basics of what makes CPUs tick.

    AMD vs Intel Processor Features

    Speed, performance are basic features of both processors but there are some advanced features that are exclusive to each processor. Let’s discuss these advanced features. First of all, as I explained earlier, AMD CPUs are cheaper than Intel CPUs. Therefore, if you can live with the slower performance, then you should definitely get an AMD CPU. But, if you can afford it and you want the absolute best performance possible, then you should definitely get an Intel CPU. Let’s take a look at some of the advanced features which will make your processor run faster: Advanced Streaming SIMD Extensions (ASSE): This is a technology that makes your processor more efficient at handling data streams. In other words, this technology makes your processor work faster when lots of little bits of data are coming in all at the same time. For example, if you are using Windows Media Player to download a song from the Internet, this technology will make your processor work faster when you are doing because there are lots of little bits of data coming in all at the same time. Enhanced 3D Now! Technology: This technology enhances the performance of your 3D games by utilizing multiple processors in your computer to simultaneously process different parts of the 3D image. Enhanced SpeedStep® Technology.

    AMD vs Intel technical and customer support

    Customer and technical support for both processors are excellent. However, I would like to give my preference to Intel simply because they have a much larger customer base and therefore, if you have a problem with either processor, you are more likely to get the answers you need from Intel than you are from AMD. Here are the numbers: Intel has a worldwide customer base of over 500,000 and an installed base of over 100 and AMD has a worldwide customer base of only 150,000.

    AMD vs Intel CPU Pricing and Value

    As per my assumption, AMD processors are cheaper than Intel processors because they are made by a private company rather than a publicly traded corporation. However, this is not necessarily true. In fact, oftentimes, the reverse is true. Just look at how much the price of Intel’s Pentium III has risen since it was introduced in 1995: The cost of manufacturing a Pentium III chip today is probably less than half what it was back in 1995 and yet, the price of the chip has skyrocketed in value. Why? Simply because Intel is a publicly traded corporation and thus, they are under intense pressure to produce a product that will generate as much profit for their shareholders as possible. Therefore, if you examine the financial reports of Intel, you will see that they are constantly working to improve the efficiency of their chip production. This means that oftentimes, the actual cost of producing a given chip is far less than what you would pay if you purchased it from an individual retailer. Take a look at how AMD’s current price structure works: Notice anything strange about this chart? Yes, you’re right. The prices of AMD’s top-of-the-line processors (like the Athlon XP) are cheaper than Intel’s top-of-the-line processors. Why is this?

     

    Intel vs AMD – Laptop processors

    Laptops with AMD processor is pretty cheap than Laptop with Intel processor because

    Most people don’t know the difference between an Intel chip and a non-Intel chip, so they think it’s “cheaper” to buy an AMD computer. This is not true. An Intel chip is designed by engineers with multi-year advanced degrees and put through rigorous testing before being approved for use in a personal computer. Not only that, an Intel chip is engineered to be far more reliable. It just makes sense. Most people don’t realize that AMD and Intel processors are very similar. In fact, most people have no idea what to look for when they are buying a computer. Therefore, you should get a laptop with an Intel processor even if it costs twice as much as another laptop with an AMD processor. It’s worth paying extra for quality. The truth is, most people would not pay a 10% premium for an “Intel” brand over an “AMD” brand even if they knew the difference. In fact, some people have told me they deliberately purchase an “Intel” laptop just because of the brand. The reason? It’s “just another reason” for them to be ashamed of having an AMD processor in their PC. (Note: I don’t necessarily agree with this point of view.

    Conclusion:

    The battle between Intel and AMD has been going on for years. The war is no longer just about CPUs (Central Processing Units). It is now also about chipsets, integrated graphics, wireless, RAM, storage, and so much more. What I have shared here is the bare minimum you need to know to make an intelligent decision about which CPU is best for you.

    Both Intel and AMD have powerful processors. Intel is the leader in the field. AMD is a strong competitor. If you are going to invest in one CPU, go with Intel. They have the advantage when it comes to manufacturing and design. However, AMD has gained ground in the last few years. Their latest products are very competitive. Especially when you look at them from the perspective of price/performance.

    If you are not a technical person, this may not be an issue for you.

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