'If you're looking for the best gaming CPU or the best CPU for desktop
applications, there are only two choices to pick from: AMD and Intel.
That fact has spawned an almost religious following for both camps,
and the resulting flamewars, that make it tricky to get unbiased
advice about the best choice for your next processor.
But in many cases, the answer is actually very clear. In fact, for
most users, it's a blowout win in AMD's favor. That's an amazing
reversal of fortunes for the chipmaker after it teetered on the edge
of bankruptcy a mere three years ago, making its turnaround all the
more impressive as it continues to upset the entrenched Intel that
enjoyed a decade of dominance... Pricing is the most important
consideration for almost everyone, and AMD is hard to beat in the
value department. The company offers a plethora of advantages, like
bundled coolers and full overclockability on all models, not to
mention complimentary software that includes the innovative Precision
Boost Overdrive auto-overclocking feature.
You also benefit from the broad compatibility of Socket AM4
motherboards that support both forward and backward compatibility,
ensuring that not only do you get the most bang for your processor
buck, but also your motherboard investment. AMD also allows
overclocking on all but its A-Series motherboards (see our article on
how to overclock AMD Ryzen), which is another boon for users. And, in
this battle of AMD vs Intel CPUs, we haven't even discussed the actual
silicon yet. AMD's modern processors tend to offer either more cores
or threads and faster PCIe 4.0 connectivity at every single price
"We're not covering laptop or server chips," the article notes, adding
"There's a clear winner overall, but which brand of CPU you should buy
depends most on what kind of features, price and performance are
important to you."
Still, it's noteworthy that AMD beats Intel in 7 out of 10
comparisons. The three in which Intel won were gaming performance
("only because we measure strictly by the absolute top performance
possible"), drivers and software ("the company has an army of software
developers [and] a decade of dominance also finds most software
developers optimizing almost exclusively for Intel architectures"),
and overclocking, where Intel "has far more headroom and much higher
"Just be prepared to pay for the privilege."'
-- source: https://slashdot.org/story/20/04/26/1622236
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University of Waikato, NZ
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