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CPU's AMD vs. Intel. Is Intel any better?

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December 20, 2012 9:19:54 PM

I was looking at Newegg so I could plan my next build and I checked the most expensive of each brand and the AMD was one fifth the cost and looked faster. (I will post the links) Does intel have any hidden advantage that I am missing or are they just way overpriced?

AMD FX-8350 Vishera:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel i7 Extreme edition:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 20, 2012 9:20:44 PM

The Intel is faster.
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December 20, 2012 9:25:15 PM

Yeah i7 is better, though it's overpriced. Most people choose i5 if it's mainly gaming they're wanting muscle for. Compared to i5, FX8350 will deliver around 10% more performance in non-gaming highly-threaded software. While the i5 will deliver ~15% more speed in games that make use of CPU muscle (closer to 20% gain if you're looking specifically at 1080p).
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December 20, 2012 9:26:25 PM

The AMD FX-8350 should be compared with the i5-3570k which is at the same price : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And it loses in all possible ways vs i5.

That i7 is in another league, it's overpriced no doubt, the i7-3820 for cheaper price or the i7-3930k are the only ones worth in lga 2011, but in video/image editing they're much better than the FX-8350 by miles.
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December 20, 2012 9:38:11 PM

What makes it faster? I always look at the cores and the GHz. Is there something else I should look at?
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December 20, 2012 9:43:09 PM

Ive been an AMd fanboy for more than 10 years. Finally I woke up and smelled the bacon last year and got a 2600k and never looked back. Coming from a quad AMD 955 that wouldnt overclock past 3.8 but was a great cpu. Cant compare to the 2600k @ 4.5 And now the 3770k which runs cooler and even faster. Go Intel you wont be disappointed.
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December 20, 2012 9:44:43 PM

Architecture, cache and operations per clock cycle are all contributors as well.
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December 20, 2012 9:48:42 PM

I have an i5, but I have never used an AMD. I was looking at the specs and the AMD looked faster. It makes sence that the price was so cheap if the archetecture's not as good and if the operations per clock cycle aren't as good either.
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December 20, 2012 9:53:05 PM

I do tons of gaming so I don't want to get a cheap proccessor because that would make my GPU bottleneck... That would be a disaster
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December 20, 2012 10:02:43 PM

The best CPU for games is the i5-3570k which is around $220. It can beat the best AMD CPU in games without any problems.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No need to spend money on Core i7 CPUs. The i7-3770k costs more than the i5-3570k since it has Hyper Threading (HT) technology. However, games do not take advantage of HT and over the years benchmarks have shown that HT causes an average of 2% performance drop in games.

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December 20, 2012 10:12:44 PM

I currently have an i5 2320T(Sandy Bridge) CPU that came with my hp computer. I have the same socket but does ivy bridge and sandy bridge require anything different?
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December 20, 2012 10:54:54 PM

sm620 said:
I currently have an i5 2320T(Sandy Bridge) CPU that came with my hp computer. I have the same socket but does ivy bridge and sandy bridge require anything different?



Usually a bios update.


Look up your manufacturer's website for compatible cpu, they usually list the motherboard bios number needed to be compatible with a given CPU.
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December 20, 2012 11:05:56 PM

I have a production motherboard and it is hp's bios mess which makes it impossible for me to do anything on it. I'll wait for my next $500 upgrade for my computer. I think I'll take out the motherboard, CPU, RAM cards, and OS all in one go.
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December 20, 2012 11:17:32 PM

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December 20, 2012 11:17:53 PM

sm620 said:
I currently have an i5 2320T(Sandy Bridge) CPU that came with my hp computer. I have the same socket but does ivy bridge and sandy bridge require anything different?


Should have probably asked what you already have. Ivy Bridge is barely any faster than Sandy Bridge, the real improvement was in it's integrated graphics (which you won't use anyway).
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