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This sounds like an odd question; but I'm simply asking what it's like to own and use one of these processors (specifically, I am asking about the Dual-Core, Sandy/Ivy Bridge, Hyper-Threading enabled platforms).

I've been an AMD guy for... Seemingly my entire life... To remember exactly, my last main computer was a 2.1 GHz Phenom II X3, my backup PC is a Athlon II X2, and my current computer is an A8-3520M X4.

To put it simply; AMD is all I know, and I'm simply curious-- what is an Intel CPU like?

I'm very curious to the difference in experience between the CPUs.

With my A8-3520M, it seems completely perfect to me; gaming isn't hard and heavily multi-tasking doesn't seem to bog performance whatsoever. I love this.

What is bad about my A8 is simply it's low clock-speed. Doing single-threaded applications and doing simple applications take an oddly long amount of time (admittedly longer than my Athlon II and old Phenom II), and it kind of bugs me.

So I'm wondering to you Intel guys; what kind of experience do you get out of your CPU? What are it's strengths and weaknesses?

Im mostly interested in the Dual Core 2nd and 3rd generation Core processors, but I'd love to hear the experiences of anyone. I'd love to know what an Intel experience is like as I've never owned one. thumb.gif
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It's like owning a sporty Civic all your life. Then you get behind the wheel of a Porsche, and it's like muhaahahaha! Why are you looking at the older gen silicon?
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With an amd phenomII x4 @4ghz i was getting about 40 Gflops, with an i5 2500k @ 3.6ghz i'm getting about 79 Gflops. Relative performance measurement.
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In game, with a modern Intel CPU, it feels like a v8 engine revving those fps uppppp!
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I switched from a 965be to a i5 3570k and my fps with crossfired 6870s doubled in most of the games i play. I was also an AMD guy for the last 10 years. But if you game its worth the money. If you crossfire or sli gpus i think its a must.
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post #6 of 22
If you're doing anything CPU intensive (encoding, gaming, etc), the difference in performance is huge.

If you're just surfing the web and doing basic word processing, you probably won't notice the difference between Intel and AMD.
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It's like the difference between being married and being single.
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Originally Posted by Thiefofspades View Post

With an amd phenomII x4 @4ghz i was getting about 40 Gflops, with an i5 2500k @ 3.6ghz i'm getting about 79 Gflops. Relative performance measurement.

79 gflops in what ? how much ram how fast ? and your 2500k at 3.6ghz ? why so slow ?
Edited by pc-illiterate - 11/25/12 at 7:58pm
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Oh, I love sharing this experience.

 

Do you know the Intel Core2 Duo E8400?  If not, then I'll just say that when it was new, it was regarded as just about the best gaming CPU on the market.  I had mine at 4.0 GHz and I loved it!  Its stock is 3.0 GHz, it has 6 MB of cache, and it's a 45nm CPU (err, it uses the 45nm manufacturing technology).  I upgraded to this CPU from an Intel Pentium E2180 which is a dual-core CPU with just 1 MB of cache, and it has the 65nm manufacturing technology.  When I upgraded to the E8400, I thought it was a huge upgrade because I felt quite a noticeable difference.

 

However, that was nothing.  Last year, I upgraded straight from the E8400 to the 2500K.  This upgrade makes the upgrade I just described look like a baby step.  Omg.  There's a reason why I named my rig "It's like advanced alien technology".  This thing is fast and it's powerful.  I noticed a difference for everything I do. 

 

There's one difference that I'll explain that I have fun explaining because it's just a piddly little thing, but for me it was pretty big.  I have the Control Panel displayed as a menu on my Start Menu.  When I had both the E2180 and the E8400, the Control Panel would take about 2-3 seconds to appear on a fresh boot.  Of course, once it loaded from memory it would open instantly.  With the 2500K, the Control Panel now opens instantly on a fresh boot!  I literally mean that it opens just as fast as it does when it's loading from memory!  The first time it happened, I had to do a double-take.  Then, I rebooted because I thought maybe I had already opened the Control Panel but simply forgot that I did.  Nope.  Right after the fresh boot, I made sure that the first thing I did was open the Control Panel.  Bam!  It opened instantly.  My jaw hit the floor after that.

 

From that point forward, I would open the Control Panel several times a day just laughing at how fast it opens now.  :)  Although, everything is faster now.  My entire computer just looks at me with its eyes half shut going, "Are you ever going to challenge me?  Sigh"  hehehe  I ask it to do something difficult, and it just does it like it's the easiest thing in the world.  Then it goes, "Yawn.  Next."

 

I've never had an AMD CPU, but I heard that their current offerings are slow in comparison to Intel's current offerings.  This includes all of the competition for Sandy Bridge.  I don't know what Intel's doing to these CPUs, but they are very well-made and very efficient.  I recommend trying one!

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I'm the owner of a i5 2300 SB cpu and it's really awesome. I upgraded from a Intel Pentium Dual Core E2140 -> Core 2 Quad Q8200 -> i5 2300 and the performance difference was huge. It feels really snappy and eats (almost) everything up paired up with the GTX 670 FTW.
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