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I get sooo sick and tired of people on here posting smartass responses to threads if they :

1- Don't agree with the brand of the cpu ( or product )
2- Are one of the people that still think that older generations aren't still useful or productive
3- Don't respect people's opinions and just remember that we're here to share information and help each other out


I'm sure that there are things that I have forgotten or left out but the point is that whether or not someone has a $240 budget and get's a Sempron 130/Biostar AM3 combo for $60 bucks or has a $3000 budget and get's an Intel $1000 extreme edition, It's still their baby and they deserve our respect and assistance getting the best out of them. I Have 3 Sempron 145's running dual core at different clock speeds and my kids game on them happily with no issues whatsoever. I also have myself built FX-8120, FX-8320, Intel I5 3570K, and numerous Phenom II model builds....

I have read posts and reviews on how the Intel Pentium series (socket 1155) as well as the ENTIRE AM3 series is an embarrassment to still see on the market. I believe they wouldn't still be there if someone wasn't still buying them. Companies aren't dumb, and they would not set up their machines to run a product if there wasn't a market for it. I also believe that we live in an awesome era for computer hardware retailing. Heck, we can buy anything from a 35 dollar Sempron or 50 dollar Pentium to a 850 dollar FX or a 1000 dollar I7 Extreme... WOW !! The other markets are about the same as well. Prices are there from an entry level to an out of this world dual cpu server build that runs in your bedroom...

There is one thing that I don't fully understand. The CPU metal shields look about the same. The transistor counts are different, but does it really cost that much more to set up their machines and run a FX-8350 than it does a Sempron 130??

Just want to hear y'alls thoughts on this thread??!!
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Personally, I don't have a preference between AMD and Intel CPUs. If you want a more expensive computer that can do more advanced calculations, then go with Intel, if you want a cheaper computer that are still more than adequate for gaming, then go with AMD. They way I see it, if you're willing to dump three hundred dollars on a processor, then go with Intel, otherwise AMD is a fairly good option (their FX series chips are quite nice). When it comes to the low-end CPUs being an "embarrassment" to still be on the market, I would say yes, they are very low spec chips, but many people don't need a powerful CPU, as they will only do things such as web surfing and very casual gaming. Why make someone spend hundreds of dollars on higher end CPUs when they don't need it? I think the reason the upper end CPUs are more expensive is because the manufacturing process on higher end CPUs is smaller, and more power efficient. It is far harder to fit billions of transistors inside of a 22nm architecture (Haswell series of Intel CPUs) than a 45nm architecture, like the one that exists on the AMD Sempron series. Also, many of the cheaper CPUs have one or two cores, whereas the upper level or many mid range CPUs are either quad, hex, or eight core CPUs, meaning their processing power in multi-threaded applications will be far better than for example a dual core Pentium CPU. All in all, I say the CPU you buy depends largely on what you need it to do. There are no "Bad" CPUs, just CPUs that are bad at doing certain things. (Like trying to game at high settings at 1600p on an AMD Sempron tongue.gif).
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I say we are lucky to have options to even do half the things we do anyway. my point is this.....as long as amd exists you wont ever have to pay $400 to get an intel quad core. and there are plenty of dirt cheap options on the market for plain jane dual cores as well as higher end cpus like the 8 core fx 8350 or 9370 and then theres intel hexcores. semprons and Pentium dual cores exist for the masses who probably wont ever do much more then light gaming. be glad we have OPTIONS available from both camps for higher end products. also I do like amd apu chips and can see that they have a great place in the market share....but personally wouldn't use one...not because they don't have good performance...but more because I like Nvidia for graphics and using an apu guarantees your stuck with radeon.
 
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