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When someone asks, which cpu is better, and people can just tell by looking at the names I want to be able to do that. Like a core 2 duo 2.4 ghz vs an athlon X2 2.4ghz or something like that, what do you look for in different architectures like amd vs intel as well or the same like amd and amd?
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Originally Posted by venomblade;13090831 
When someone asks, which cpu is better, and people can just tell by looking at the names I want to be able to do that. Like a core 2 duo 2.4 ghz vs an athlon X2 2.4ghz or something like that, what do you look for in different architectures like amd vs intel as well or the same like amd and amd?

Read the Intel and AMD wiki pages. That'll give you an overview of what the different architectures are. Most people know the current gen of CPUs and the numbers usually are speed ratings or core counts (i.e. a Core i7 920 is 2.66GHz and a Core i7 940 is 2.93GHz, a Phenom x4 is a quad core, x6 is hexacore).
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There's a lot of things to consider such as clock speed, year released, number of cores, architecture (one of the biggest), and so on.
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Revision, core architecture, how overclockable, what temps, what volts

....... alot of things and what the computer will be used for effects which processor should be recommended
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And...
The amount of cache a CPU has is often overlooked.
    
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Just look at benchmarks. Then note trends of where certain CPUs rank. Also keep in mind how many cores a CPU has.
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Its ability to do stuff, and things as well.
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Its ability to do stuff, and things as well.

Now THAT's the answer I was looking for, biggrin.gif

but on a serious note, I don't want to have to rely on benchmarks, I actually want the knowledge of how to determine one from the other
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You really have to look at benchmarks over the years to acquire the knowledge to just know. wink.gif
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Easy, just remember that Intel is always better in terms of raw performance if the AMD it's comparing against has the same amount of cores and frequencies and are of the same generation.
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