Originally Posted by Chillaxed
well this will be good! because its really hard to explain to people how fast my 1.8ghz amd athlon 64 is, and since they are only framiliar with intel clock speeds (and 32 bit pentium 4's too), when they think since they have a 2.6ghz intel mine sucks until i explain it for an hour that they are only framiliar with 32 bit cpus and taht 64bit is double that (i also have to explain the differences) until they just fall asleep
like for christmas i told my friend about the cpu, he was like well why didn't u stick to the older one if this one is slower (his phone broke i was yelling so loud)
this will be good for me. and also there won't be all this fanboy junk, then it makes this forum a bit shorter to scroll down with no intel section...
so its hopeless for me to tell ppl about the clock speeds so now i just tell them its basically just equivalent to 4ghz (because i convert ~3.6ghz to the inefficiency of intel P4's so about 4ghz...K its complicated!)
holy crap i just explained my life between me trying to update my friend's computer knowledge
AMD processors are not faster because they are 64 bit. They only have the advantage of being able to run 64 bit applications. And Intels 64 bit cpus use AMD's 64 bit instruction set, so intel has 64 bit too. What gives Athlons their performance advantage is that they use shorter pipelines. When a process starts it has to go all the way through the pipeline, so an Athlon can do more work per clock cycle than a P4. However, in doing repetitive tasks, such as video compressing/converting or audio encoding, intels longer pipeline architecture theoretically has an advantage. With the latest AMD processors, however, an intel chip cant even beat an AMD in a task like this. Another advantage Athlon64s have is the integrated memory controller. On Athlon XPs as well as pentium boards, there is a memory controller on the motherboards, and the longer distance between the cpu and the memorory controller does not allow the high memory performance that athlon 64s offer. I was surprised to find when i switched from an athlon xp to a 64 that my memory bandwidth almost doubled using the same ram at the same speed.
So please dont falsly tell people that it is because of 64 bit that athlon 64s are better. It is because of their more efficient architecture and integrated memory controller.
O and just so im on topic, i think intels new logo is just a scheme to make people look at them. Im sure it will be effective, but i doubt we will be seeing intel anywhere outside the processor market any time soon.