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I'm going to cover myself as much as possible on this. PLEASE DO NOT start a flame war here! Keep the posts on topic, and please don't say that one is better BECAUSE of a difference. Thank you.

Now to business, Google has proven wholly inadequate to explain this to me. My question is the following: Architecturally, what is the difference between AMD and Intel processors? How can an AMD 6 core be cheaper than an Intel Dual Core? What makes Intel more expensive?

Please do not make this into a flamewar. The moderators will be watching I'm sure.
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I'm not a hardware engineer so I can't explain to you the differences architecturally. Probably not many people can. What you need to know is Intel has higher IPC. So if you were to compare a 4ghz Sandy Bridge, 4ghz Nehalem, and 4ghz Deneb; Deneb would come in last. That's not to say it's still not a good processor, especially in the value segment. AMD also changes sockets a lot less than Intel, which makes it great for incremental upgrades. But Intel has the best performance hands down now, and for this reason they can charge higher prices.
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First of all you're just look at the wrong product if the Hexa core is cheaper than the dual core.
    
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