Originally posted by: AzCodeMonkey
In my personal opinion, Intel processors are inferior, practically, to AMD processors.
The Intel core i7 (x6) has 12mb of cache memory. I'm not really sure right now, and don't feel like looking it up. The AMD Phenom II x6 line has 9Mb of cache memory on die.
Both, I believe, have the same L1 cache size, which is where a lot of the magic happens. I know that the AMD that I have (1090T x6) has a 2 way set associative L1 cache, which provides something like a 85% hit rate on L1 cache.
With only a discrepancy of 3Mb between 6 cores of cache memory, 512kb/core, the core i7 does not achieve much, if any better results.
Lets face the fact that, given two identical processors, one clocked at 3.0Ghz, and one clocked at 2.0Ghz, in normal, every day situations, you will not notice a difference. However, if you have two processors, identical clock speeds, and everything else, but one being a 2 core vs a 4 core, the 4 core will come out on top, because of its ability to handle a lot of throughput.
Anyway, enough jabbering on. Here are the specs to my PC right now, and it takes everything I can throw at it.
AMD Phenom II x6 1090T (stock clock)
MasterCooler V6 GT heat-sink/CPU Cooler
2x ATI Raedon 6850's w/ Crossfire enabled
8gb of DDR3 1330Mhz RAM
Master Cooler 650W PSU
Thermaltake "Black Widow" full tower case.
Now, mind you, I don't game very much, if at all, but I do spend a lot of time at my pc because of my job. This computer has handled all of it and asked for more
Under a stress test, using Prime95, the temperature readouts from the on-die never got above 23*C, even after 10+ hours of 100% load.
I think eventually I will add a 128gb SSD and mirror my OS' onto it, but for now it runs off of two samsung spin-point 1TB HDDs
You need to do more homework. I understand that you really like your rig and that is excellent, I personally and very happy that you chose AMD over Intel but the fact remains that Intel overpowers AMD in the current CPU market. Just check out the benchmark threads in this forum for real world examples.
Now, BullDozer is "rumored" to perform right below the Intel hexacore procs ATM.....this is rumor but I am hopeful that we will see AMD at least performing equally with Intel. Only time will tell.
As far a day to day work, you probably won't notice any differences between the two but lets not be naive here.....I am AMD to the bone, but if someone asks me a question about the best of the best I will be honest.
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