Nowadays, there are two companies competing on providing processors for computers. These two are Intel and AMD. Both companies offer a wide array of processors for different needs, but what is the difference between them?
Integrated Electronics Corporation, widely known as Intel is the worlds largest processor manufacturer. Intel started in the year 1968. Following would be Advanced Micro Devices also know as AMD which was founded 1969. There is only a 1 year gap between the manufacturers so their progress shouldn’t be that far from each other. But what really is the difference between the two?
What you pay for is what you get. Intel markets their processors at a higher price compared to AMD but that doesn’t mean that AMD is inferior to Intel or the other way around. Both have their edges compared to each other. Nowadays, both companies make use of APUs (Accelerated Processing Unit) for their processors. Intel Ivy Bridge processors, like the i3, i5 and i7 focuses more on processing power while on the other hand, AMD has their Trinity processors which offers processing power at the same time, better graphics.
A lot of people say that Intel is faster because of their architecture. Meaning that Intel CPUs process more per clock cycle (mhz). For example, the Intel Core i5 2500k is running at a clock speed of 3.3ghz while the AMD A10-5800k is running at 3.8ghz. That’s a 500mhz difference but despite that, the i5 is around 26% faster according to benchmarks made by people. So despite AMD having higher clock speeds, Intel has the upper edge in computing. An Intel processor paired with a dedicated video card will definitely be a lot faster than the Trinity processors but then again, that’s more expensive.
In the Philippines, AMD processors are much cheaper compared to Intel processors. AMD processors cost around P2.5k to 10k while Intel costs around P4.7k to a whopping 50k. So for budget gamers, AMD provides good enough computers for gaming while not being too expensive, while for gaming enthusiasts, Intel offers faster processors at higher prices. Either way, both of Intel and AMD are good, it just depends on what you want.