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 01/16/2006 08:34 PM
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superhobo2332
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ok, ive recently been shoping around for new a new processor for a gaming computer i would like to construct

the intell pentium 4 proessor that is running at 3.2 ghz

costs just as much as the AMD 64bit which is only running at 2.2 ghz

i know the intell is only 32bit but it is a whole lot faster, however since they are the same price is seams like i am missing something, can someone pleas let me know which would be better for gaming, or recomend me another oricessor that isn't to far from the price range of these 2

thanks, and i apriciate it
 01/16/2006 08:40 PM
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AMD chips have a higher IPC rate (Instructions Per clock Cycle) then Intel chips. The Athlon XP line (including the socket A Semprons) performed 9 IPC's, while the Pentium 4 line does 6. The K8 line does ~11, though that is speculation, as it has not been officially disclosed.

Athlon XP's and K8's also have a shorter, wider pipeline, as opposed to P4's which have a longer, narrower pipeline. In addition, the K8 has an on-die memory controller, this means the memory is no longer run by the motherboard, it is controlled directly by the processor, which greatly reduces latencies fromt he CPU waiting for data to go from the memory, to the northbridge, to the CPU.

In reality, the names are PR's (Performance Ratings). Meaning that though it functions at a lower clock speed, it will perform as well as (or better then) a P4 @ the speed listed in the PR. The PR for Semprons cooresponds to Celeron D speeds.

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 01/16/2006 08:48 PM
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for illustration purposes http://www.xbitlabs.com/articl...ispl...pu-games_5.html' ">http://www.xbitlabs.com/articl...lay/28cpu-games_5.html

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 01/16/2006 09:20 PM
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Since AMD came out with the K8 architecture, clock speed has not been the determining factor in CPU speed. While Intel continued to ramp up the Ghz to attain faster speeds, AMD went for a higher IPC rate and a more efficient architecture to improve performance. Hence the 4400+ rating on the Athlon 64 X2 4400+. It is only 2.2ghz but performs on par with an Intel 4ghz, but at much cooler temps and much lower voltages.

As for which to build, that depends on what you are going to use it for. Intel has an advantage in most applications and AMD has an advantage in most games. Both are close enough they would serve you well, but if you are building a gaming PC and want the best gaming performance, you need to stick with AMD.

The Athlon 64 FX 57 or new FX 60 are the two major players in gaming, but they are good and spendy too ($1031.00 for the FX 60). For $400.00 at the right retailer you can pick up an AMD X2 4400+ that will serve your needs quite nicely. Stick with the 4000, 4400 or 4800 though. The 4200 and 4600 have half the on die cache of the others I mentioned.

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this is a chart of the X2's
http://www.amdcompare.com/us-e...p/Si...n=ADA3800DAA5CD' ">http://www.amdcompare.com/us-e...A5CD&opn=ADA3800DAA5CD

there is 3800, 4200, 4400, 4600 and 4800
there is no X2 4000 /tongue.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='tongue.gif' />

out of those tho, the X2 4400+ is the one to pick.

however, I would recommend the dual core Opteron 165, 170 or 175 depending on your budget, over the X2 4400+

how much were you looking to spend?

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