What CPU Do You Use?

Discussion in 'Hardware Discussion & Support' started by JavaFox, Jun 8, 2003.

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What CPU Do You Use?

  1. AMD

    150 vote(s)
    65.5%
  2. Intel

    79 vote(s)
    34.5%
  3. Transmeta

    0 vote(s)
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  4. VIA

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    0.0%
  1. a0n-C

    a0n-C New Member

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    amd 2700+ @ 2.41Ghz

    oh yeah thats 400FSB [12x200]
     
  2. toddsmack2k

    toddsmack2k It Never.....

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    AMD

    I use AMD (2100) and will continue to do so. Like most everyone else here who has voted for AMD it is all about the price vs. performance to me.



    Just a little reminder to all who post in here this isn't the flame warezone. So lets keep it as clean and nice as possible:)
     
  3. DriveEuro

    DriveEuro New Member

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    But you're running the Palamino... A great chip, but does nothing for an overclock.... But eh, who cares, we spent less than we woulda on intel....
     
  4. Retupmoc

    Retupmoc New Member

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    Re: AMD


    Like I was saying...just let them be.
     
  5. JavaFox

    JavaFox E Pluribus Unum

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    I don't want this to become a flame war. If this thread gets out of hand I will close it, so let's please keep it civil. At any rate, I think the individuals that have said "AMD processors are not quality processors" have a point -- some of AMD's older processors, frankly, weren't very high quality. But what you are saying is based on past experience, not present reality.

    If you want to learn a little about Intel's past, I have a write-up entitled "Bad Intel Products: A Definitive History." It was written in my more anti-Intel days (I'm not so anti-Intel any more) and it is in the FlameZone, but it is, I think, my best post, and I think many of you will find it enlightening. Not to toot my own horn or anything. ;)

    Check it out. ;)
     
  6. craig5320

    craig5320 Well-Known Member

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    Got my 2800+ running at 3200+ stable :) great processor on the A7N8x Deluxe board
     
  7. DriveEuro

    DriveEuro New Member

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    My XP1700B running at 3000 equivalent.... 1 gig overclock.
     
  8. toddsmack2k

    toddsmack2k It Never.....

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    Yeah I know but its my first computer. Leaned lots since then and will be wiser next time I buy. Besides what does that really have to do with the poll?:evil: :p
     
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  9. Kgentatszu]

    Kgentatszu] New Member

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    one word-----------> CRAZINESSSSSSSSSS!!!
     
  10. amuro

    amuro New Member

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    Currently I am a Intel man, I got two PIII 1Ghz cpus in 2 Intel VC820 motherboards, I also have a Intel Pentium 166Mhz on an Intel mobo and 64MB of ram.
     
  11. serAph

    serAph I want a 6800 ultra, PLEASE !

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    uhhhh :D

    this is hilarious. If an AMD xp 2400 (2.0ghz) slaps a 2.4Ghz P4 silly in speed comparisons, how is it that the Athlon is the worse chip? LMAO

    tell ya what - I think you're the newbie :rolleyes:
     
  12. mrdarkside2k3

    mrdarkside2k3 Rah Rah Rah

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    I jus wanna say that I am currently on an AMD Duron 900MHz, and I am gonna upgrade it to at least a 1700+ soon. I will stick with my AMD
     
  13. KNIBBO

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    I see advantages in both, but it's interesting to see the huge majority AMD has with members of this site.

    That says something.

    This is a site for PC enthusiasts, not (in most cases) people who buy a system from Dell because they have no idea how to build their own.

    I have friends who hassle me daily to join the dark side and go Intel because they have the lead now and for the foreseeable future.

    To me, it's not about the money. It's about building, learning, OC'ing and tweaking. I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment I get by taking what your average uneducated "I just ordered a kick-ass new PC that I saw on TV" Intel fan thinks is a substandard processor and OC'ing the chit out of it for next to nothing.

    That's why I choose AMD....because I take pride in earning the performance my rig pumps out rather than just buying it.

    Besides...what fun is there in OC’ing with a locked multiplier? LOL
     
  14. Kgentatszu]

    Kgentatszu] New Member

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    you can always increase the front side bus.....~LOL:lol:
     
  15. KNIBBO

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    You just proved my point, but you don't get it, do you?
     
  16. mike2h

    mike2h New Member

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    that is cool that you enjoy tinkering, but me, i just want to make as few adjustments to the bios as possible, run that fsb up, & start playing!:w00t:
     
  17. mike2h

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    my computer is a p4 1500 on a asus p4t running at 1650 for over 18 months straight. my wifes is a abit be62 with a powerleap adapter running a 1200 tualatin at around 1450 for about a year now. never had a single burp or problem. extremely easy overclock on both. stock(retail) cooling all the way around. i gave up on amd back in the thunderbirds not just because of cpu issues, but mostly because of poor chipset support. imo. this appears to have changed considerably but i am stuck on intel now & asus p4p800 deluxe here i come!:D
     
  18. HardwareHeaven

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    no offense, but have you ever actually tried to overclock an AMD cpu? ive been overclocking AMD for years, and I dont think ive ever seen this problem, unless of course you go outside the CPUs max frequency, this would of course in that case not be an exclusive problem of AMD.
     
  19. WyreTheWolf

    WyreTheWolf Wolfish Bastard

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    Firstly, lets look at two aspects... The PR value really upsets Intel users... so lets discuss that first:


    Unfortunately, even some of the brightest people I know are subjugated to the megahertz myth… that more megahertz means more power. Intel established this as their method of rating processor speeds long ago, and as such, John Q. Public has fallen victim to these beliefs that the processor clock is all that counts due to Intel’s obvious dominance in the processor market. How then can an Athlon XP 1800 (1.53GHz) beat a P4 2GHz?

    Glad you asked! In reality, there are many factors that contribute to a processors speed. For the sake of simplicity, we will ignore most of these such as architecture differences & development controls (SSE, MMX, 3Dnow!, etc…) and try to stay focused on the speed equation, which as you will see, quickly dissipates the thought of more megahertz alone means a faster processor.


    The Speed Equation:

    Cycles per Second (hertz) X Instructions per Cycle (flops) = Processor speed

    There we have it, and as you can see, the clock speed of a processor, or the number of cycles it goes through in a second is only half of the equation. The other half is how much work it gets done in one clock cycle, or the instructions per cycle (IPC). Please note that cycles per second is the “clock†of a processor, since it is based on time, and is therefore measured is hertz, whereas the number of instruction completed per cycle are measured in flops (seriously).

    Now with the P4, Intel doubled the pipeline that the PIII had, from 10 stages to 20. What that means is that each stage gets done sooner (therefore more cycles) but less work gets done at each stage (instructions per cycle). This allows Intel to ramp up the clock speed making the processor appear, to the average consumer, to be significantly faster, in comparison to other processors, than it really is. This is why a Celeron @ 1.2GHz could match or even beat a P4 @ 1.4GHz, or why an Athlon XP 1800 @ 1.53GHz can beat down a P4 @ 2 GHz. Both the Celeron (based on the PIII) and the Athlon have a higher IPC than the P4, meaning that the P4 has to have a large clock advantage just to be able to operate as fast as either processor.

    A good analogy for this would be if you had two dump trucks, one is just the normal dump truck (the Pentium 4) and the other has a second trailer attached to it (the Athlon) Now if you need to haul a couple tons of dirt to another location several miles away, the trailer-less dump truck is capable of driving faster than the other truck since it doesn’t have to lug around the additional trailer, allowing it to make more trips in a given period of time (clock). However, the dump truck with the trailer can carry more dirt per trip than his comrade, and therefore doesn’t have to make as many trips. All my babbling equates to the fact that he P4 needs at least a 300+MHz gap just to break even with a P3 – and 400-500MHz in the case of the Athlon (An Athlon XP 1800 runs @ 1.53GHz and nearly sweeps the P4 @ 2GHz in every bench mark you throw at it) and it will continue to need even greater MHz advantages in the future because Athlons do more work for every extra hertz they are raised.

    Please note however, neither way is wrong or right, just different. And each has its own set of problems. When you’re trying to raise the IPC, you have to figure out how to modify or design your architecture to allow for more work to be done. When raising the clock speed, issue of heat dissipation and power consumption become a thorn in your side along with packaging issues. An example of the later is that not until the G5 (set to run at 1-2GHz), which isn’t officially released yet, has any PowerPC processor required an active cooling solution. What was the last Intel chip you could run with merely a small heat sink and no fan reliably? In the Consumer segment, Intel’s dominance and influence give it an advantage however. The problem lies in the amount of knowledge Joe Schmoe off the street has, which sad to say, isn’t much. And he therefore believes that the P4 is faster solely because it’s a bigger number… oh, the woes of not being number 1!

    For reference, Intel is the only processor manufacturer that actually uses this method of pumping the clock speed, although VIA appears to be following in its footsteps – or VIA’s processors are really just that bad. IBM & Motorola design/manufacture the PowerPC series of processors, the ones that power Macs (G3 –consumer segment, and G4/G5 –performance segment, respectively). And even though the clock speed of these processors are less than half of Intel’s, they run just as fast, and in some cases faster than Intel’s chips, as they have put their efforts into upping the IPC (Instructions Per Cycle) of their processors, with very low jumps in clock speed. For reference, AMD maintains a balance of the two options, preferring to up the IPC of its processors with moderate jumps in the clock speed.

    Now, this was very, very brief, not even venturing into the server or mobile segments, or the detailed disadvantages of having that longer pipeline, among other things, which can further hinder performance. Nor do we discuss the architectural differences between the processors, aside from what was absolutely necessary. All I want you to come away with is to not judge a book by its clock or flop, this type of situation is all over the computer industry. The only advice I can offer is to know what you’re getting, and know how it compares to other product options. By: Chris Lockner




    Secondly, Intel users keep quoting that Intel P4 uses less power, is cooler running, more compatable, and so on... Lets discuss this next:




    In the race between AMD, and intel; look who keeps falling down:

    Intel, hoping to steal AMD's Opteron thunder, days before the Opteron release, produce a great new workstation chipset.

    But the Processor contains a flaw...

    This is typical of Intel when faced with competition. They push to get products out early and fall down every time.

    AMD had a 233mmx processor, Intel had a 200mmx processor. Intel's push to get the PII released on it's proprietary slot prevented them from finding the floating point bug.

    AMD had the Athlon, 50mhz faster than the PIII, at a better price. Intel needed a fast, low priced version of the i820 chipset that used SDRAM instead of RDRAM. The Memory Translator Hub had a flaw and 3,000,000 motherboards were recalled.

    AMD was pushing 1.2 GHZ, Intel over clocked the 1 Ghz PIII to 1.13 Ghz but had to recall them a month later. This was a beautiful example of a paper launch, because the recall affected less than 200 customers.

    With the failure of the 1.13 Ghz PIII, The Pentium 4 was pushed to early release. The processor was available for 6 weeks before any motherboards were released. Although no buggy chipsets made it to market, the delay was widely reported to be due to a flaw in the chipset.

    Competition with Nvidia's dual channel nForce2 for AMD forced Intel to produce a dual channel chipset of their own, Granite bay. Granite bay was released for the holiday rush as an interim solution while waiting for Canterwood. Granite bay has a flawed AGP implementation, but no recall was offered. If you want Dual Channel with AGP 8x, you buy an Nforce2 or wait until Canterwood.

    Well, Canterwood is here as a high end workstation chipset along with the 3.0 Ghz 800mhz fsb Pentium 4, and it arrived in typical Intel style, flawed. Interestingly, despite Intel halting shipments to the channel, the channel is full of 3.0 Ghz Pentium 4s. What happens to the customers that jump on it now? Do they get a replacement or is this another case of Granite bay style buyer beware? It is interesting that Canterwood is positioned as a workstation chipset. A typical product release would cover the complete market range from budget to high end solutions. Especially considering that Springdale is the same chip sans memory bypass. In retrospect, June would have been a better launch date for both chipsets from a technical standpoint since it is certainly not ready now. Perhaps Serverworks' workstation chipset for Opteron got Intel a little spooked. Marketing calling the shots instead of the engineers?

    But Intel machines are much more stable than AMD machines right? Obviously not. The only good Intel chipset in recent memory is the E7501, which apparently only served to upset their previously exclusive partner, Serverworks.

    But they run cooler right?

    68w maximum for a Barton cored Athlon. 74w average for the 3.06 Pentium 4

    But Intel is compatible with more software, right?

    Yeah, sure, just take a look at Intel's list of games incompatible with another one of Intel's buggy chipsets, The 845GL. Extreme Graphics. Yeah, extremely bad graphics!

    But Intel has Hyperthreading!

    1 x 3.06 Pentium 4 costs $468 2 x AthlonMP 2600s cost $426

    Why buy one processor that is pretending to be two processors when you can get two actual processors for less money?

    But Intel has SSE2. That exclusive advantage will be gone on the 22 of April.

    But, but, but. No, No, No.

    Intel's monopoly has proven to be quite brittle, cracking under the slightest competitive pressure. I do not trust their technical prowess when they are under pressure because it has become so obvious that their marketing department is making technical decisions. Processors and chipsets are not like software that can be released as a working beta and patched later. Systems established in the gaming world, where the publishers call the shots and the developers jump, do not work in chip fabrication. It has to be released when it's done, not when the marketing department decides they need to sting the competition.

    All this is made worse by what Intel does to the market as a whole, when they are not doing well. Intel's missteps have had a tremendous impact on the industry, destroying consumer and investor confidence. At the end of 2000, Craig Barret warned "This was a year of record annual revenue and earnings yet, slowing economic conditions impacted fourth quarter growth and are causing near-term uncertainty." He was faced with AMD going from 10% market share to 34% market share in a year. Wall street took Barret's word, as gospel, that the entire market was in decline and not just Intel's market share. Intel is a market bellwether so the market did drop, just so Intel would not have to admit that their missteps and AMD's superb execution allowed AMD to grab market share. Nasty business. Intel has a sub-standard product and they are reckless with their power.

    The market is now better, all things considered, having for the most part recovered from Craig's fraudulent statement. Everyone but AMD is posting profits again, that due mostly to Intel spending down their 10 Billion dollar cash reserve they acquired by lying to their customers and producing junk silicon. 10 Billion dollars buys plenty of predatory pricing. AMD will be fine. The industry has rallied, like it never has before, around Opteron. The future is bright with crazy fast, low priced computers, but only as long as we have two robust competitors in the processor segment. As much as I want Opteron and Athlon 64 to succeed, I would not want x86-64 to be a knockout punch for Intel's glass jaw. AMD might play nice for a while but it would not be long before the prices on their top processors climb into the thousand dollar plus range like Intel's were at the height of their monopoly. It is good to know that Intel has yamhill or *asdf waiting in the wings to insure that when x86-64 is in it's prime, Intel might have a more competent response than they have historically shown. By: Jason Pippin




    I have ripped this info shamelessly ... because I could not have said it better. I have owned, and built more Intel systems than any of you could shake a stick at. I presently own AMD.

    AMD 1600+ (1400MHz) Palomino @ 1845MHz EVERY SINGLE DAY, PERFECTLY STABLE. (for those Intel users out there that say that AMD cant overclock and remain stable)

    It has nothing to do with quality... Intel has had some of the BIGGEST FOOK UPS IN HISTORY ! ! ! Yet, somehow Intel still retains an aura of QUALITY about them... Ladies, and Gents ... this is called BRAIN WASHING... Pure and simple.

    Stop falling for all the hype, and marketing... Use your heads, stop calling names. Read, mature, and learn... Time to grow as a person, and take into account more than just the size of your ... errr.... clock!
     
  20. killzone

    killzone New Member

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    Currently using a P4 2.0 gig on a soyo dragon ultra board but have used amd in the past and had very good results with them and price wise they are very good also. I dont over clock especially on amd because of the negative feedback Ive heard about over clocking amd. If I decided to do that I would definately go intel and Ill never run anything under a p4 again anyway. Im happy. Its not like I have 3 or 4 extra processors sitting around in case I fry one. Peace:w00t:
     

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