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# 37694 17-Jul-2009 15:34
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It is a war that is eons old and is only getting bloodier.

I looked (not too hard) and there is no thread i can see on this topic.
so whats your opinion AMD? or Intel CPU?

I am a gamer and want a new RIG to play with. i am tempted to go AMD for the price of it but intel has i7 and that looks very nice.


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  # 236483 17-Jul-2009 15:50
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jamesvini:


It is a war that is eons old and is only getting bloodier.

I looked (not too hard) and there is no thread i can see on this topic.
so whats your opinion AMD? or Intel CPU?

I am a gamer and want a new RIG to play with. i am tempted to go AMD for the price of it but intel has i7 and that looks very nice.






Personally, I would choose Intel.

But then budgets sometimes says different, which is where AMD is chosen (at least in my opinion)

They both have their ups and down.

But for a gamer, I would personally choose Intel.


They may be more expensive, but from what I've seen, they do a bloody good job (again, dependant on what you're doing)

Put it this way; nearly all, if not all of the gaming laptops I have seen, all have Intel.
My mates have Intel on their rigs they custom built as well.

EDIT: However, I did hear some good stuff about the new (well, newish) Phenom II's





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  # 236484 17-Jul-2009 15:52
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For the current generation of games, GPU not CPU will have a bigger factor on performance. Save some bucks on the CPU and spend it on GPU if gaming is a priority. Core i7 really only shines over the competition when you throw CPU-intensive tasks like video encoding at it.

 
 
 
 


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  # 236487 17-Jul-2009 15:56
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walt12: For the current generation of games, GPU not CPU will have a bigger factor on performance. Save some bucks on the CPU and spend it on GPU if gaming is a priority. Core i7 really only shines over the competition when you throw CPU-intensive tasks like video encoding at it.


Yeah, thats true,

but just to clarify for anyone asking;

That doesn't mean get a really crap CPU.







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  # 236488 17-Jul-2009 16:00
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walt12: For the current generation of games, GPU not CPU will have a bigger factor on performance. Save some bucks on the CPU and spend it on GPU if gaming is a priority. Core i7 really only shines over the competition when you throw CPU-intensive tasks like video encoding at it.



What about physics calculations? alot of the newer games like crysis and farcry 2 have environments that are randonly thrown together and arent scritped. so no 2 environments are the same. i think the CPU will start playing a bigger part in newer games.

but it sounds like AMD is for cheap skates like me. and Intel is for people who dont have to pay child support.

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  # 236495 17-Jul-2009 16:37
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Look at review sites that are unbiased, thats the best way of doing things.

I personally have a AMD phenom2 940 which is a quadcore. Theres nothing that i cant do with it, video encoding is done at a mere fraction of my core2duo (less than half the time), gaming is awesome, havnt found a game i cant play at decent framerates..
If you want to throw away your money then go for a corei7, sure they DO outperform the phenom2's and the higher end i7s do by a large margin, but your talking rediculous money to do so.. I find there is a preimum to pay for intel gear vs the equivilant amd. im happy enough with the perfomance of the 940 and for what i paid for it, its hard to beat, but then again i may be slightly biased :p

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  # 236506 17-Jul-2009 17:28
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Core i7 920, Gigantic CPU cooler --> Overclock to 4ghz :D

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  # 236507 17-Jul-2009 17:30
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eXDee: Core i7 920, Gigantic CPU cooler --> Overclock to 4ghz :D



Naww! Can I haz it!?





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  # 236737 18-Jul-2009 19:35
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Most gamers go for the best price/performance cpu, it's all about the bang for buck baby.

It varies between intel and amd models depending on what budget range you're looking within.

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  # 237106 20-Jul-2009 10:13
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Core 2 is still where its at.

Bee

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  # 237118 20-Jul-2009 10:42
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Never used an AMD CPU and never will... Intel all the way!
Never bought Sony and never will...
Never bought an Ipod and never will...
And although I prefer Coke I will drink Pepsi if coke is not available...

from what Ive heard AMD is ok now... theyve had their problems over the years but very much the same as Intel CPU's now
Although looking at this discussion it seems most people still think Intel is better...

Just my two cents from a very happy Intel user that has never used an AMD CPU... (just lucky I guess!) :)


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  # 237233 20-Jul-2009 17:40
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No way man, fords are way faster than Intel and coke tastes way better than holden

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  # 237239 20-Jul-2009 18:02
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Ragnor: No way man, fords are way faster than Intel and coke tastes way better than holden

Tongue out







haha well executed





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  # 237358 21-Jul-2009 09:10
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During the P4 generation AMD was beating Intel hands down. Intel finally got their act together with their core and core 2 processors and AMD was not really that competitive. Finally with AMD's Phenom II processors they are back in the game, they compete very well with similarly priced Intel offerings. In addition i find that motherboards for AMD chips give much better value.

If you are not concerned about price performance ratios Core i7 is still the leader of the pack. However as the above posters have insinuated blindly supporting one brand is kinda foolish. There are many factors to consider and foremost is knowing your budget and what else other than your CPU you wish to buy with it.

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  # 237403 21-Jul-2009 11:18
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Well, to say something positive for AMD, at least they've finally stepped away from the stupid heatsink mounting bracket. If anything, it made them LOOK like they performed like CPU's from the 90's.

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  # 240079 29-Jul-2009 11:03
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Benchmarks recently have shown that Intel is still best performance for money that being said the new i7 processors are only better than a Core 2 at multi-core applications so unless the software makes use of multiple cores (which there is still not very much support) then Core 2 is going to give you better performance




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