I've only owned one Intel processor in my life, and it was a P166 in an IBM Aptiva. Ever since then, it's been straight AMD. Partly because of the high price of Intel chips, and mostly because it's been a widely held belief that AMD chips are best for gaming. AMD has always held up better when overclocking (historically) and if you do fry one, it's much cheaper to replace. I will continue to buy AMD until the company (God forbid) folds.
My stance and loyalty goes back to when Intel chips were shipping from the factory with the "spy" flag set, and also, Intel chips were shipping with a lot of options disabled. In other words, Intel was charging you more for their processors and still disabling anything that would give you any extra value for your dollar. I will be a loyal AMD customer because of it.
My stance and loyalty goes back to when Intel chips were shipping from the factory with the "spy" flag set
Intel was charging you more for their processors and still disabling anything that would give you any extra value for your dollar.
Can you site references for these claims? I'd be rather interested to read more.
Yeah, been doing this a long time and never heard that.(not saying it isn't, but I have my doubts)
And as far as gaming, I used to be a member of a gaming clan called Gamers Domain (mostly an international BF2142 clan) and a few of the members had AMD chips and were ALWAYS bitching about them. and I do mean always. At the time, my buddy Cobra had better sys specs than I did and my rig ran the game way better than his did.
And though they used to be better about heat, at that time, they also had a problem with the core's cracking.(Athlon & Athlon XP days)
My pick would be AMD. With Intel, you are paying a little extra for the name. It is true that Intel has higher stock processors, but they are more difficult to overclock and do not withstand the increased stress and temperature from my experience. I have overclocked several AMD's and have had only 1 burn up to me due to a fan whose wired was severed while closing of the case. I have tried to overclock Intel's plenty of times but have had ALL but 1 die on me. The case was 40*C at most times and the CPU itself just fried due to the stress.
AMD has been losing the CPU stock war but when it comes to overclocking and customization, AMD has been winning. I service plenty several local businesses around my area and all use AMD. Their servers are purely AMD and their workstations are AMD Sempron 2.3Ghz.
In both my work PC and my personal PC I have AMD's going. I also have ATI video cards in both. My laptops were bought from Dell, which by stock uses Intel. My laptop has extremely high temps even though I installed new fans a couple months ago. It is the architecture issue in the Intel CPU in my laptop.
To recap: Intel CPU, you get better stock rates at higher prices for the name. AMD CPU, lower stock rates but higher overclocking rates at lower prices.