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ALWAYS use an AMD CPU when you build your PCs *** UPDATED ***

By TechExec2 ·
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[UPDATED 4/10/2007 -- Since I originally posted this on 2/26/2007 (7), a lot has changed. AMD has very significantly lowered prices on its highest speed CPU line while Intel has not. This suggests that customers are no longer willing to buy an AMD CPU that performs the same as an Intel one except at a greatly reduced price (market demand determines the price...apparently Intel's FUD campaign is working). This is bad news for AMD. But, it is GREAT news for people building PCs. Now is a great time to buy an AMD CPU. The highest speed AMD Athlon 64 X2 (dual core) CPU can now be had for just $235! This is a 66% REDUCTION since February 28, 2007! (the comparable Intel CPU has been reduced by $4).

I've updated my table of prices of performance-comparable AMD and Intel CPUs below.]


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Ford's fastest car, the Ford GT, is faster than Chevy's fastest car, the Corvette. Does that mean that all Fords are faster than all Chevys? Of course not.

Contrary to what the Intel fanboys say, all Intel CPUs are not faster than all AMD CPUs. Don't be fooled. It's simply untrue.

For a bunch of years, AMD made the fastest desktop CPU. Right now it's Intel, and it costs about $1000. I never buy the top speed CPU no matter who makes it due to poor value. Below that however, AMD has a price and performance match for every Intel CPU. This is not an accident. AMD and Intel both price their CPUs so they compete well with each other. This competition is very important!


Why do I care about AMD? Why should you?

The answer is simple. Without the presence of AMD as a strong competitor, the cheapest Intel desktop CPU will cost $1000, not the most expensive one. I don't want to go back to those days, do you?

Since AMD offers great price and performance on the CPUs I actually buy, I always buy AMD. I get the speed I want at the price I want, and I get a FREE bonus: I help keep AMD in the game and keep Intel pricing in check! Now, that's important! :-)


AMD Fanboy? No.

I'm not an AMD fanboy. This is about my best interest. I'll be buying Intel CPUs again when (1) AMD is about as financially strong as giant Intel, or if (2) AMD stops providing great price and performance for the CPUs I actually buy. Until then, it's AMD-only.


Call to Action

Buy AMD CPUs. It matters. Help keep AMD in the game. Keep Intel from becoming the only supplier of high-speed X86 CPUs. Keep Intel prices from rising through the roof. After all, it costs you nothing and it is in your best interest, wouldn't you agree? :-)

When you support Intel by buying from them, YOU DON'T WIN, INTEL DOES! Think before you act. Be a winner. Buy AMD.

All the best to you!


Choose the AMD Dual Core CPU that meets your performance needs

I prefer the PC WorldBench to compare CPUs. I think it best represents the performance I will actually see. Higher is better in (1) and lower is better in (2).

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Processor PC WorldBench Price Now (on 2/26/07)
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (2.40 GHz) 124 (1) $113 (was $189) (3)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (1.86 GHz) 122 (1) $181 (was $183) (4)

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (2.60 GHz) 130 (1) $165 (was $215) (3)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13 GHz) 131 (1) $217 (was $221) (4)

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.80 GHz) 138 (1) $184 (was $332) (3)(5)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.40 GHz) 140 (1) $303 (was $314) (4)

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3.00 GHz) 489 (2) $235 (was $540) (3)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66 GHz) 482 (2) $508 (was $512) (4)
Note that this Intel CPU fares better on the
Photoshop test (2).

AMD currently has no match for this performance level
Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (2.93 GHz) 156 (1) $965 (was $965) (4)
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AMD Partners Supply Great Motherboards

There are many great motherboard suppliers for AMD CPUs including ABIT, ASUS, BIOSTAR, GIGABYTE, MSI, and others (6). Personally, I have been using MSI and like them.


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(1) PC WorldBench 5 tests
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2802&p=5

(2) WorldBench 5.0 Office XP SP2 Tests
http://www.hothardware.com/viewarticle.aspx?page=5&articleid=929

(3) AMD Athlon X2 CPU Prices
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductList.jsp?ThirdCategoryCode=110501&SortBy=A

(4) Intel Core 2 Duo CPU Prices
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductList.jsp?ThirdCategoryCode=110514&SortBy=A

(5) AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz is equivalent to the AMD Athlon FX-62 2.8 GHz tested in (1).

(6) Motherboards for AMD Socket AM2 CPUs (those I listed here)
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductList.jsp?ThirdCategoryCode=111211

(7) My original post on 2/26/2007
http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=102&threadID=212388&messageID=2180411

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