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I heard of Pentium being great right now. 2 core, ok, but, single thread performance is great and they may be able to use 2 cores well in an office. But I also wonder of AMDs. Are they competitive or only very slow cores that are just 4?
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Any modern CPU should do the job for office usage.

Edit: Why did you change your avatar? Didn't recognize you at first.
Edited by Ukkooh - 4/11/14 at 9:22am
     
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The AMD APUs (Kaveri) are the best bang for the buck for an office system.
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post #4 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FastMHz View Post

The AMD APUs (Kaveri) are the best bang for the buck for an office system.

But aren't they very slow per core?
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post #5 of 12
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Hrm they don't seem to be much better in price than Pentium. I guess the winner would be found in benchmarks.
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from my experience, I'll take a i3 all day long over an AMD quad. I now have an i5 which of course is far better than either of them. But if it was taken away I'd run back to the i3. Even a older sandy bridge one.
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post #7 of 12
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For me, I wouldn't touch anything below an i7 or 8 core, but that's about budget office machines here.
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Will these being utilizing encryption technologies or slow platter drives?
    
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post #9 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by fateswarm View Post

Hrm they don't seem to be much better in price than Pentium. I guess the winner would be found in benchmarks.

The advantage is you get a decent built in iGPU, as compared to the crap one on the Pentium. There are plenty of things that use GPU acceleration in the office environment to justify going with the AMD APU.
    
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post #10 of 12
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Well, yeah, though not much in that office. There's AutoCAD but it's many years since that needed a good GPU, it's mostly 2D uncolored lines. It could use though great CPU power and maybe an SSD. I worry a bit about the 2-core even if each thread is very powerful on Pentiums. I don't know, it could be enough because most slow downs are on transitions to a new program and on a single app running at the same time, not so much on something that explicitly multithreads as much.
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