Intel Vs AMD Who Wins?
It has always been a question that what is best, Intel or AMD. Both companies produce processors and we don't know who we should choose. I think we should first learn something about both of them before making a big decision. We all know well that AMD releases new generation products much faster than Intel and they can give tough competition to each other in terms of price and performance ratio. But sometimes the user gets confused as prices are not fixed for years now. These two companies release refreshed versions too often so the users who want to buy the latest technology buy those but people with a limited budget just go for the older model as they cost much less than new ones and give the almost same performance as compared to newer models.
One more thing that I would like to add here is core count. We all know Intel has more cores than AMD's processors but I think it is not important for most of us. The majority of people are using single-core or dual-core processors for normal computing tasks whereas the companies are releasing 6/8/10/12 core processors which cost almost double of a quad-core chip with the same specifications. Many times users get confused between clock speed and GHz, they both are very different things. Clock speed means how fast you can do work in one second while GHz means how many calculations your CPU can handle per second. I am gonna show some benchmarks, so you guys can judge it by yourselves who wins the fight?
Intel mostly uses numbers i3,i5, and i7 as their product names. The first number indicates the CPU's generation and the next two numbers indicate the performance of the CPU. For example, we have 4th generation core i3,i5, and i7 processors which are called as Haswell.
AMD mostly use letters such as A10,A8,A6 and E2 for their CPUs' product names. Unlike Intel's chips AMD doesn't show you how powerful their CPU is by using those numbers so there is no fixed rule for them like Intel has but it still gives us an idea about their products. So now you know what letter means in AMD's naming convention, let me tell you about their new range of accelerated processing units (APUs) available in different laptops. These APUs are really powerful and efficient than any other laptop processors on the market so if you want to buy a new laptop for gaming purpose, I will definitely recommend you buying an APU powered laptops .
Lets come back to our main discussion of this article, Intel Vs AMD. So far the benchmark's result is in AMD's favor but that was just normal benchmarks with single core or dual core CPUs which are not enough for high end computing. If we talk about multi-core performance then there is no comparison between both of these companies because Intel has always dominated this arena due to more cores and higher clock speed compared to others. According to me, it mostly depends on your usage pattern which one should go for? You can see the table below for a comparison.
Intel Vs AMD Processor Comparison
Processor Generation Base Clock/Ghz Turbo Clock/GHz Cores Threads Cache TDP Price Intel Core i7 4th Gen Haswell 3.5 GHz 3.9 GHz 6 / 12 6 MB 45 W $320.00 Intel Core i7 4th Gen Haswell 2.0 GHz 3.5 GHz 8 / 16 8 MB 37 W $350 Intel Core i5 4th Gen Haswell 2.3 GHz 3.3 GHz 4 / 8 6 MB 37 W $181 Intel Core i7 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge 0 0 0 0 0 10,000$ - 25,000$ AMD A10 5th Gen Kabini 1.4 GHz 1.8 GHz 2 / 4 1 MB 15 W $80 AMD FX 6th Gen Vishera 3.5 GHz 4.0 GHz 6 / 8 8 MB 95 W $220 Intel Core i3 3rd Gen Ivy Bridge 0 0 0 0 0 50,000$+ - 100,000$
AMD A10 5th Gen Kabini Vs Intel Core i7 Haswell Comparison On the first table you can see that both of these processors are not showing their actual specifications because they are low-end processors with low clock speeds and fewer cores but still if we compare them on paper then Kabini has more cores(2) than Haswell(6) but Haswell's single-core is much faster than Kabini's single-core and it doesn't worth much in multi-core performance. Kabini has 4MB of L2 cache and Haswell has 6MB of L2 cache which is another difference between them. Kabini's TDP is 15W whereas Haswell's TDP is 37W, so if we talk about the power consumption then Intel takes almost double power than AMD but AMD still beats Intel in Multi-Core performance because it has more number cores and higher clock speed. Another thing that we should consider here is price, Kabini costs only $80.00 whereas Core i7 costs $320 and i5 costs around $180 (I am not sure about its exact price)