Intel and AMD are the major players in computer processor industry. Among the two, Intel has more than 80% market share. But that doesn’t mean Intel is best. AMD is the first company to introduce dual core, quad core and octa core to the world.
Intel’s yearly turnover is almost more than total AMD’s worth. Intel has a huge R&D.
Enough of these facts, let’s finish of history with that. Let me say the specialities of each of them.
Here comes our pretty example
Imagine you have 2 carts.
I’m giving you 2 horses. You may use that with your cart 1.
Also I’m giving you 4 rhinoceros to be tied to cart 2.
If I ask you which one is best what will you say? 2 horses or 4 rhinoceros?
This is the case of processors. If you want just speed under fewer loads, go with horses. If you want to carry more loads at a moderate speed go with rhinoceros.
Let us assume you have 5000 Rs. You cannot get a Quad core Intel processor with that amount. But you can get a Quad core AMD processor for that price.
But processors of Intel can be compared to a horse, while AMD processor can be compared to rhinoceros.
Casual Media Creator
Assume you’re a casual media creator. You are rendering your video project. Since it will take some time, you’re hearing MP3 songs in the background, and also you’re playing some casual 3D game. So you’re doing multiple jobs at once. Here, more than speed, you need your processor to carry higher mass, so multiple cores are better. Here AMD can be a better choice.
Assume you’re just an office goer, who doesn’t use any other than MS office and Internet browser. Here a dual core processor is highly enough. Also you need speed rather than mass. So go for Intel Pentium Dual core processors. They cost just 3500 Rs. They are much faster than a dual core AMD processor at that price.
If you want to play Full HD videos or some basic 3D games, then you can opt for AMD Trinity or Llano APUs. These APUs have graphics processor inbuilt, which are highly powerful than any integrated graphics in any Intel processor. If you’re not in an idea to buy a discrete or separate graphic card then also AMD APU is the ideal choice. But the only drawback is that they are not easily available in India.
If you’re a mid-range Gamer then choosing between Intel and AMD is a bit tedious process. If you’re technically sound and know about overclocking, you may take AMD FX 4300 processor, else go for Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3 processor.
Another important feature of Intel is that they consume only half the power consumed by an equally capable AMD processor (Present situation). But in India, we don’t care that much about power consumption, because an additional 50 to 75W power consumption won’t cost us much. But this is temporary for AMD, once they improve their architecture, power consumption can be reduced considerably. But Intel has already reduced the power consumption in their processors, so it is headed up on building faster processors.
LenZFire is all about budget and mid-range PC users.
But as a fact keep this in mind. For past 3 years and more, Intel has the crown for fastest processor. For gaming, anything above Core i5 processor is not necessary. If you do multitasking highly then I recommend you to go with more number of cores, if you don’t multitask then you may go with higher clock speed. But see to that even if a processor has higher clock speed, if it’s been designed on older architecture then it will not perform faster.
Now let me prioritize, how you should see things when you buy a processor?
1. See for latest architecture
2. See for more number of cores
3. See for better clock speed
4. See for better integrated graphics
5. See for lower full load temperature and power consumption
I have just explained you the importance of cores and clock speed. In buying guide section I will deal with each processor in different price segments.
Tomorrow let’s move on to motherboard.