Can anyone clear this up for me? HL2 lost cost add-on (not yet release) says that its minimum processor spec will be 3.2 ghz. Its reasonably clear when you have an Intel chip, but what does that mean for AMD users? What model is the AMD equivalent?
I, like many people have a pc with an Athlon chip - (2800+ clocked at 2.05 ghz, i think) but we are often told that AMD chips run faster than Intel chips and this might be equivalent to say an intel 2.8 ghz.
So how do AMD chip owners know when they meet the minimum spec for any game as AMD use really dumb and confusing terminology ?
I wish they could come up with some kind of industry standard or speed rating.
thanks for the reply Matty but thats not what I meant. I am saying that, I think it is recognised that AMD Athlons generally run faster than Intels of the same clock speed, although Intel seems to produce models which are clocked at higher speeds.
So question is, when a spec says, foe eg, min 3.2 ghz could you use an AMD processor clocked at slower speed?
So Id be right in saying that for 2800+ - read 2.8 Intel equivalent? So an Athlon 3200 would be same as intel 3.2 gig chip? I wish they would give seperate Intel and AMD min processor ratings on games in the same detail as they specify graphics card requirements.
Just had a look at some of my games, most of them give a straight for forward requirement like: Processor 733MHZ or above etc. Although children of the nile game min spec P3/[email protected] and recommended as P4/[email protected]
I have an athlon xp 3200+ and it runs at 2.2GHz I would take it at face value if the game says P4 at 2.2 gig and my athlon is a 2.2g then there'll be no problem.
There is no table that says this P4 is the same as that Athlon.
Whatever the AMD stated speed is you can take it as a rough guide to be the MHz equivalent... So a 2800 is roughly equivalent to a 2.8GHz.
However this is partly dependant on the application. For example, in gaming an AMD64 3500 will usually beat an Intel 3.4GHz Extreme Edition. However, in DVD encoding the Intel will beat the AMD CPU by a fair margin.
Normally games will state both a minimum spec for AMD and Intel CPU's, but I don't think I've ever seen one that didn't just use the rough guide figures above.
your confused?/// what with amd 64bit socket 754//amd 64bit socket 939/ amd bit socket 940/ athlon socket A sempron // amd winchester// amd venice///amd claw hammer ..amd operton give us a break lets have a motherboard and proccessor we can use for a few weeks with out changing stuff this mad upgrading to keep sales moving .I'm happy with my old athlon 2500socket A