I'm trying to pick whether to go with a P4 630 Model (3Ghz, 2MB Cache) or an AMD 64 3.2GHz model to go in my new PC. Pricewise, I actually pay slightly more for the AMD because I can get a discount on Intel-based machines through work.
What's confusing me is that having gone through a number of reviews (including the buyers guide) I don't know which is the better performer. The PC will be used mainly for multimedia editing and gaming. The TG guide suggests that P4 is the best bet for this, giving excellent multimedia performance and decent game clout, but elsewhere I've seen a number of reviews suggesting that the AMD processors have a really big edge in gaming performance.
The AMD has a significant gaming performance advantage. The CPU charts on THG are skewed towards Intel. Intel used to have decent advantage with encoding/decoding, but AMD has basically negated that advantage recently.
Yep. It's hard to actually promote Intel right now. The procs are just so darn hot and power hungry. Granted, AMD's are getting up there too, just not quite as far. It's really going back to the drawing board like Yonah that's going to save people from power hungry CPUs. I mean unless computer cases start coming with watercooling built in standard anyway...