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Computer Processors Confuse Me...Whats Better?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by crazyflx, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. crazyflx

    crazyflx Elite Member

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    I'm far from a computer newb, and I understand the difference between a bad, decent & great processor. However, when it comes to understanding the intricacies of the more powerful processors and cores, everything starts to get a little fuzzy.

    My question is this, what's better:

    Intel Core 2 Quad q9400 2.6 Ghz with 6 mb cache

    or

    amd athlon 64 X2 dual core processor 4400+ 2.3Ghz

    I know (or at least I think I do) that the Intel processor is better.

    So, I guess my real question is how much better?

    I'll never forget when my parents purchased their first computer. I remember the sales rep explaining to them that they should buy the computer with the hard drive that was 6 Gb's instead of the computer with the 4Gb hard drive.

    My parents had no idea what a Gb was, so he explained it to them in terms of how many full volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica it could fit and how many times over. He explained that the extra 2 Gb's could fit X amount of more volumes X times over and it made perfect sense to them.

    Anybody care to give it a whirl trying to spell it out for me here on how much better the Intel processor is over the AMD with a real world example?
     
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  2. lincolnave

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    You are putting an Intel quad up against a AMD Dual core? Umm The Quad is usually the better choice. How much better is up to what you are using it for? Do you game? What OS? Do you edit videos?

    There is alot that goes into it. The biggest thing is how much money do you have to spend?

    IMHO
     
  3. tygrus

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    Computers are a commodity now. Its like asking should I buy yellow or red apples. They are all the same and are powered well beyond what the average user will need unless you work for a CGI studio or something.
     
  4. crazyflx

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    I'm not the average user. I run TONS of resource hungry apps all at the same time. I do edit videos (referencing lincolnave's post) yes. I do frequent live streaming from my desktop. I use photoshop and some other graphic design software. I use many different web designing applications.

    Add to that my internet marketing applications (SEnuke, ScrapeBox, Bookmark Demon, and about 6 homemade bots).

    I like to do all of the above all at once, along with using my computer for it's everyday uses (internet browsing, outlook, excel, etc, etc)
     
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  5. arpitagarwal82

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    If you use much of graphics oriented applications and need to do rendering, then go with AMD.
    The downside with AMD is that you cant keep you computers turned on for days (Seems like some heating issues).

    If you use automated softwares and bots and neew to leave your computer running overnight, then go with intel.

    Its just my personal opinion. As someone said above, computers are cheap commodities now. So whatever you choose is ok...
     
  6. niksanyl

    niksanyl Registered Member

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    No need to over analyze this. Simple comparison says that. . .
    4 processors running 2.6 Ghz are going to be faster than 2 processors running at 2.3 Ghz

    Obviously it's more technical than that, but usually the simplest answer is the correct one.
     
  7. sdtopensied

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    That really depends on what you want to do with it. If all you're doing is checking email and browsing the internet, go with the cheaper AMD.

    I have to disagree with arpitagarwal82's statement on overheating. I leave my AMD and Intel boxes on for weeks at a time and have no issues with either. I run multiple VM's, SQL Server instances, and on my dev box I run Visual Studio 2010 with no problems at all on either my AMD or Intel boxes.

    In my personal experience, Intel chips seem to be more stable when overclocked.