I was recently browsing through a pc magazine which whas debating which chip had the most power under its hood. The article which I read was comparing the new AMD XP 3000+ to the latest P4 chip, the article mentioned that the latest AMD chip had the same clock speed as the AMD xp2700+ (2.2Ghz ish) but that its power was far superior to the Pentium4 (3.0Ghz ish), could someone explain why in simpletain terms why this is the case.
speaking from experience, over 3000 computers repaired, I can say that I would recommend Intel processors every time. Whenever I have had motherboards go on systems, the AMD processors have always died with them, but Intel seem a lot more robust and tend to survive hardware disasters. Last year, an electrical storm knocked out a local power station and it caused a surge. All the AMD systems in the town blew the motherboards, processors and memory. Not ONE Intel processor was blown, motherboards yes, but no Intel processors were blown with the surge. I have also been to many customers where the cpu cooling fan has seized up, and if this is AMD within seconds the processor is cooked to death. Intel seems to survive this very well.