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 09/10/2010 08:32 PM
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Erasmus
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I've been kind of out of the computer scene for a while and one thing I'm noticing now is that comparable processors from Intel cost way more than AMD processors.
For example:
3.2ghz Quad Cores:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz - $155
ntel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz - $570

or

3.2ghz Six Cores
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz - $275
Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz - $900

There are differences a bit in cache size and chip size (32nm over 45nm) but how does that justify upwards of triple cost? Is Intel really just making that superior of a CPU these days?

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 09/10/2010 09:04 PM
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Erasmus

Intel Core i7-970 Gulftown 3.2GHz has 6 cores 12 threads. Also known to OC higher then ANY AMD CPU.

That said, is it worth it,s price? I would have to say NO.

windows or mac thing there lol.

960 i7 is a quad core 8 thread and also overclocks higher then AMD,s offerings. Still not quite worth the price difference.

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 09/10/2010 09:04 PM
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L4d
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The i7's have better IMC's, QPI, and support triple channel for RAM.
Apparently people are willing to spend outrageous amounts to an almost monopoly.

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 09/10/2010 09:16 PM
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Erasmus
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Why can't AMD make CPUs to match that of Intel and compete on their level? Is AMD now just a budget CPU company?

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 09/10/2010 09:28 PM
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L4d
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Bulldozer should compete with i7's?

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