AMD v Intel Pentium

  Ron B 11:35 02 Jul 2006
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I am buying a new computer and would appreciate advice on whether to go for an: -
AMD Athlon 64x2 4600+ - socket AM2
or
Intel Pentium D950 Dual Core (3.4 GHz, 2mb cache, 800 MHz)
Computer used for games, digital photography etc.

  De Marcus™ 12:14 02 Jul 2006
  Rayuk 13:20 02 Jul 2006

The new Intel Conroe is due out at end of month if you can hold out till then

  Jimmy14 13:26 02 Jul 2006

I would wait for Conroe also. At a intel conference, some techs demonstrated and the 2.6Ghz conroe performed excellent compared to a 3.8Ghz Pentium 4 HT

  Ron B 14:07 02 Jul 2006

Thanks for the advice on the Conroe, but would you rather go with the IP than the AMD?

  DrScott 15:34 02 Jul 2006

Partly from personal preference, and mainly because the net burst architecture of pentiums is just totally dire - very inefficient.

Having said that socket AM2 is quite expensive, i.e. expensive RAM and expensive motherboards for very little improvement. A cheaper more efficent route would to go socket 939...

But I would definitely wait for the conroe... mainly because the CPU looks like it will be almost twice as fast as anything AMD can produce, as well as more efficient with a lower TDP, but also because the price of all the other CPUs may well plummet. This month is a bad time to buy a new PC.

  Ron B 07:39 04 Jul 2006

Thanks all. Will take your advice and await the impact of the Conroe.

  sikefula 13:15 04 Jul 2006

more like COKE or PEPSI for me! lol/rotflabtc (rolling on the floor laughing and biting the carpet)

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