In the microprocessor manufacturing world, there are only two big companies competing for the best processor quality – AMD and Intel. Their competition has resulted of what we have today, fast and reliable computers. Now, do you know the product counterpart of each processors they created?
|AMD Phenom II x6|
|Intel Core i7|
It is always good to compare different products. If you’re planning to buy a new laptop or computer and you’re up to the specifications, then checking the processor whether it is AMD or Intel is essential. Here are those, staring with basic ones.
1. Basic Processors
- Intel Centrino/Centrino Duo and AMD Sempron
Still considered as basic processors but certainly better than Atom, Athlon Neo and Neo X2. These processors are mostly used on low budget laptops and desktop. If you will be doing some basic computer operations such as data encoding and Internet browsing, then these processors are just right for you. When I was in college, my desktop is using Sempron 2600+, powered by AMD.
- Intel Atom and AMD Athlon Neo / Neo X2
Atom, Athlon Neo and Neo X2 are specially made for netbooks. Since netbooks have smaller battery pack, they need a hardware that will only consumes small amount of power and that is the main feature of these processors. Drawbacks? Of course, they also have less processing power.
2. Mid-Range Processors
- Intel Core 2 Duo and AMD Phenom II X3 & Phenom II X4
Intel Core 2 Duo is I think one of the most popular processor of these days. There are still a lot of nice-priced laptops and desktops being sold with these processor installed. Up to this day, many computer buyers choose this efficient and best value component because it enhances video, gaming and image output. Its counterpart was the AMD Phenom II X3 & Phenom II X4 which are also capable of supporting 64-bit computing.
- Intel Pentium Dual Core and AMD Turion II / Ultra
According to some sources, AMD’s Turion II and Turion II Ultra have a better multimedia output than Intel’s dual core processors. Aside from that, AMD processors mostly comes with ATI graphics card that’s why they are usually cheaper. Intel’s Dual Core processors on the other hand are good too. You will find a lot of desktops and laptops still dual-core powered.
3. High End Processors
- Intel Core i7 and AMD Phenom II X6
Intel Core i7 and AMD Phenom II X6 are today’s latest and the most powerful processors! AMD’s Phenom II X6 is its first six-core processor, for optimized and highest level of performance. The Core i7 offers 2, 4 or 6 core and is a 64-bit processor. Among of its best features are Hyper Threading technology and Turbo Boost technology which both increases the overall computer performance.
- Intel Core i5 and AMD Phenom II X4
Intel Core i5 is also a 64-bit processor and are mostly quad core chips. It is just one level down of the Core i7. Compared to the i7, the i5 has lesser cache memory but also have the Hyper Threading and Turbo Boost technology features. But of you’re looking for lower-priced processor you can use for multimedia and some advanced applications, you can consider the AMD Phenom II X4.
- Intel Core i3 and AMD Phenom II X3 and X2
In the latest processor class from Intel, I think the Core i3 is the most economical. Actually, I am planning to buy a laptop having this processor even though it is one level down of the Core i5. Too bad that it does not include the Turbo Boost technology. On the other hand, some sources told us that AMD Phenom II X3 and X2 is more economical, greater overall performance and a great value of money. It is because that it is said to be of a 3 or 2 core capacity.
Now, what do you think will be the best value for your money? When buying a desktop, notebook or netbook, will you choose the AMD processors or the Intel processors? The answer to these questions depends on you.