May 31, 2005 5:20 PM PDT

AMD edges Intel in early dual-core benchmarks

Advanced Micro Devices was second in coming to market with a dual-core desktop chip, but it's first in benchmark scores, according to sites that test the chip.

Both Anandtech and Tom's Hardware--two hardware benchmarking sites--have published reports stating that, in their own tests, the dual-core Athlon 64 X2 chips generally edge out the Intel Pentium D and the dual-core Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, although the results vary by the tests.

Anandtech found that the fastest dual-core Athlon, the 4800+, and often other dual-core Athlons, typically outperformed the Intel chips on tests for single applications, such as running Adobe Photoshop or DivX.

In multitasking tests, however, the Intel chips often edged out the equivalent AMD processors. In these tests, AMD chips outscored Intel on multitasking trials that involved games, but Intel had an advantage in tests involving Web surfing or burning DVDs.

The tester at Tom's Hardware, meanwhile, came to similar conclusions, but generally gave slightly higher marks to the AMD chip, noting that the dual-core Athlon also consumes less energy.

"If we had to recommend a single-core processor, the choice would depend greatly on the type of applications in use. But in the dual-core arena, though, there is not much that speaks for Intel: Go with the Athlon 64 X2," the reviewer concluded.

Still, the sites also cautioned against consumer euphoria. The dual-core Athlon chips range in price from $537 to $1,001, substantially more than most desktop chips on the market, while Intel's are mostly in the $241 to $530 range, with one $999 chip. Tight supplies also mean that few computers with the chips will be available until later in the year.

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AMD has the the edge but darn the prices
As far as I am concerned (and probably most other AMD users), AMD always outperformed Intel in most applications. And simultanously, they were also cheaper. So it was a no brainer, get it cheaper and get better performance.

Now they stil get better performance but almost at twice the price.

I guess the only people that would really want to buy these are enterprise customers and they are already tied at the hip with Intel. Consumers will probably use intel because of the cheaper price. Most people wont know AMD is better than Intel anyway becuase of their marketing.

It will be interesting to see if AMD can get of this sink holel.
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AMD high price CPU
Let do the math here. First buy a high price AMD CPU next install and update you mother bios. And what is the total cost.

Second buy a cheap Intel CPU and then buy a new mother board to run with it. And what is the total cost.

To me the price is almost the same. To you all, what about the performance?
Posted by sasper (6 comments )
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AMD has the the edge but darn the prices
As far as I am concerned (and probably most other AMD users), AMD always outperformed Intel in most applications. And simultanously, they were also cheaper. So it was a no brainer, get it cheaper and get better performance.

Now they stil get better performance but almost at twice the price.

I guess the only people that would really want to buy these are enterprise customers and they are already tied at the hip with Intel. Consumers will probably use intel because of the cheaper price. Most people wont know AMD is better than Intel anyway becuase of their marketing.

It will be interesting to see if AMD can get of this sink holel.
Posted by lavacentral (61 comments )
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AMD high price CPU
Let do the math here. First buy a high price AMD CPU next install and update you mother bios. And what is the total cost.

Second buy a cheap Intel CPU and then buy a new mother board to run with it. And what is the total cost.

To me the price is almost the same. To you all, what about the performance?
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