which processor?

  imzy 15:21 13 Apr 2007

Hi there.

I am trying to decide between 2 different systems whose only main differences are their processors. One has a AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Processor. The other has Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Processor and is priced at £100 more than the AMD system.

Is the intel system really worth spending an extra £100 on. I hear that Core Duo chip is good and it is winning most of the best buy spots, but will the AMD do just as good a job?

Any help greatly appreciated.


  The Brigadier 15:58 13 Apr 2007

Go Intel, it's quicker!

  imzy 16:04 13 Apr 2007

So you really think it is worth the extra £100.

  Totally-braindead 16:16 13 Apr 2007

Personally I don't know its a lot of money.

Read this click here it doesn't list the E6400 but does conclude its roughly equivalent to a Core 2 Duo E6600 which I presume is better than a E6400.
So if that is right then the AMDs better value.

  Pine Man 16:17 13 Apr 2007

Intel is definitely quicker but only you know if you want to spend £100 to achieve a bit of speed ;)

  imzy 16:30 13 Apr 2007

As you say, Totally-braindead, the article seems to put the AMD chip in a similiar league as the E6600, which is no bad thing. So that should make the AMD chip better value than the Intel E6400, right? Or am I wrong!

  Totally-braindead 19:46 13 Apr 2007

I would say based on what Toms Hardware is saying the answer is yes.

Perhaps Pine Man and The Brigadier know better than me as I'm an AMD fan but if the article is correct and I've no reason not to believe it is then the AMD is the better buy.

Perhaps they will elaborate as to why the believe the Intel chip is worth the extra £100 or perhaps someone else will explain. Perhaps the Intel chips have some sort of advantage?

  hzhzhzhz 21:04 13 Apr 2007

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400.

I'm surprised there is a difference of £100 between the systems as the E6400 is actually a cheaper processor - click here click here.

If it were just a question of which CPU to buy then I would vote for the Intel chip but in your circumstances I would go for the AMD chip and save £100.

  imzy 12:59 14 Apr 2007

Thanks for all your input guys but I am still undecided.

As dave says, there is only £12 difference between the 2 chips, with the Intel actually being the cheaper option. This makes the £100 price difference even more puzzling.

There must be something missing here. There must me something more to the Intl chip. Is the Intel really that much better than the AMD to justify the price, or is it just Intels good reputation at the moment that they feel they can charge this price?

  Joe R 13:04 14 Apr 2007


the 6600 version Intel chip would be as good, if not better than the AMD chip, but the 6400 version only has half the cache of the 6600, and in my view the Amd chip is definitely the better for the money.

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