Picking A Platform: Comparing Intel And AMD
Selecting the Right CPU and Motherboard
Our first decision sets the stage for the rest of our build. Should you buy an AMD APU or an Intel CPU with HD Graphics? Intel’s Pentium G620 and Celeron G530 CPUs are a little cheaper than AMD’s A8-3850 and A6-3650. But most of that savings is negated by Intel’s generally more expensive motherboards. In the end, we're left to consider slightly more affordable Intel-based solutions.
We aren't including the AMD A8-3870K CPU in that comparison either, since it's quite a bit pricier and only makes sense for overclocking. The -3850 is a more budget-friendly choice.
|Intel Pentium G620||IntelCeleron G530||AMDA8-3850||AMDA6-3650|
|Core Frequency||2.7 GHz||2.4 GHz||2.9 GHz||2.6 GHz|
|Cache||512 KB L2 + 3 MB L3||512 KB L2 + 2 MB L3||4 MB L2||4 MB L2|
|Turbo Frequency||No Turbo||No Turbo||No Turbo||No Turbo|
|TDP Rating||65 W||65 W||100 W||100 W|
|Lithography||32 nm||32 nm||32 nm||32 nm|
|Integrated Memory Controller||DDR3-1066||DDR3-1066||DDR3-1866||DDR3-1866|
|Integrated Graphics||Intel HD Graphics850 MHz Base1.1 GHz Max Freq.||Intel HD Graphics850 MHz Base1.0 GHz Max Freq.||Radeon HD 6550D||Radeon HD 6530D|
|Motherboard||H67 Chipset$65||H67 Chipset$65||A55 Chipset$54||A55 Chipset$54|
Right out of the gate, we see that Intel's solutions have a slight advantage over AMD's from a pricing standpoint. Next, we'll take a look at how to keep these respective platforms cooled adequately, quietly, and inexpensively.