I am planning on purchasing a processor in the near future. I am not looking for next gen performance or anything. Anyways, I was debating between the E6750 and the 5600. Note that the 5600+ appears to be cheaper. So, my question to you:
If I am gaming, browsing the internet, and editing photos while never *ever* planning on a OC, which one do you think would be better?
I am honestly leaning towards the AMD CPU because it is cheaper. While I realize, you get what you pay for, I don't think the the AMD CPU will take to much of a performance hit compared to the E6750.
Not to mention, that you would think the AMD would be faster as it is clocked higher. AMD(2.8Ghz) and Intel(2.66Ghz)
If AMD has the higher clock from your sample. Surely AMD is faster. for me they have both the same speed on the same clock but AMD is cheaper procie and cheaper motherboards to build plus you can use that extra cash for more upgrades.
The extra heat from AMD Athlon is negligible since it has higher tolerance limit than Intel procie (10C higher). The power comsumption well to me also negligible because procie consumes 10% of the total rig. Tom's has more article about that.
A comparable AMD processor to the E6750 would be the X2 6400+. Unfortunatly, the X2 6400+ is not listed on the cpu comparison chart.....
edit: Clock speed comparisons are not reliable for comparisons because of the different achitectures the chips are based on. Core 2 processors do not need as high a clock frequency as the X2s. opposite of the way it was in the P4 era.
anandtech says "Our brief comparison between AMD and Intel at the $180 price point continues to illustrate how it's not architecture, but pricing that can actually determine a recommendation at this point. While AMD is still competing using its original K8 architecture, its pricing is such that its CPUs can easily stand up to Intel at price points less than $300. "
thank you all for your quick and informative replies. I have looked at some benchmarks and pricings and I think I might have to go with the AMD 6000+. I do realize that in many benchmarks these came in slower than the intel ones, but I am working on quite a tight price point. The fact of the matter is that I can build an AMD system for cheaper.
The price in the intel CPUs is so small that it doesn't really make a difference which one I go with. to me it appears that -- in most games -- the difference will be neligeble(spelling) because the FPS is mostly above 100.
On that note, can anyone point me to a link that might suggest a good variety of AM2 mobos?
If you are working on a tight budget, put you're money where you will get the most use out of it. If the system is for gaming, cheapen up the processor and put more into the video card. If it is for photo/multimedia editing, put more into the processor.