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Poll: What’s inside your rig, Intel or AMD?

Last month, I upgraded my old desktop PC. I have been a longtime AMD fan and for the last 5 years or so, have used almost all of their CPUs — Athlon, Sempron, AMD64+, and the X2. Even most of the dedicated servers I get runs AMD Opteron CPUs. They’re cheaper and does the job just fine.

However, during my latest upgrade, I switched to the other side — an Intel Q6600 Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz. I actually got the works — 4GB DDR2 800 RAM, Inno3D 8600 GTS 256MB DDR3 and a Gigabyte 3D Aurora.

Gigabyte 3D Aurora


The switch was prompted with the realization that at the top of the food chain, it looks like Intel has taken back the lead for some time now. In the lower end CPUs, AMD is may be seem neck and neck with Intel — Athlon 64 X2s vs. Intel Intel E4x00 C2D — but go up in the quad cores and you’ll see Intel becomes cheaper.

Has AMD lost the battle altogether? Has their “cheap but fast” brand label been diluted?

Our poll for this week will look into you CPU preferences — What’s inside your rig, Intel or AMD? For good measure, I also added in the poll IBM’s PowerPC (those running pre-Intel Macs) and Via processors.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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30 Responses

  1. Kinnison says:

    My rig’s still working after roughly 4 years. It has the Intel Pentium 4, 2Ghz, 1.525V max., with a System Bus of 400MHz. Kinda old, but still does the job.

  2. Andre says:

    Intel used to be more expensive, and AMDs cheaper, but hotter. But now with the multicore’s AMD is having a hard time catching up even in the server area and with the processors are energy efficient. Even with AMDs purchase of ATI, they seem to be not doing so good. Its surprising, I wouldnt have forseen this a few years back but its happening.

  3. Andre says:

    BTW Dual Quad Core Servers are the best :)
    How come you didnt get a 9600 Nvidia?

  4. I have been an Intel loyalist and prolly will continue to be.

    As for graphics, I love Nvidia.

  5. Got a Quad Core since it first came out. It was darn expensive that time but worth it.

  6. AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ here :-)

  7. Intel for Office type of usage
    AMD for Gaming

    Same goes with:
    PC for programming
    Mac for graphics designing

    My first rig is Intel Core 2 Duo.
    Building my second rig, will be an AMD.

  8. marco says:

    I’ve been an Intel user for the longest time. I’m thinking of upgrading my desktop to AMD because I thought it would be cheaper. Now, I’m having second thoughts.

  9. jhay says:

    Loyal Intel fanboy here. :D

    The my first notebook might run on AMD.

  10. What is the motherboard that you decided to get ?

  11. Alex says:

    Just got another pc last week:

    – Intel Core2Quad Q6600 2.4 Ghz
    – 4Gb DDR2 800
    – ASUS GeForce 9600GT EN9600GT/HTDI/512M Video Card
    – 4 x 400GB HDD (Raid 10)
    – 3Ware 9650SE-4LPML Raid Controller

    It’s much faster than my AMD pc, but was still expecting it to be a lot faster than expected.

    p.s. bought the raid controller online via courier

  12. vaughn says:

    i got an athlon x2 4400+ right now, almost a year old. the only reason why i got this is because i didnt have the budget for an e6750 last year. and decent AM2 motherboards are also cheaper than the intel ones. hopefully i can replace this soon with an intel rig when ddr3 prices go down to current ddr2 levels.

    btw do i have to register in order to join the poll?

  13. vance says:

    WOW! 3D aurora hehehe! Ok din yung Cool Master Stacker sa PC Hub! heheh 11K.. almost as close as the 3d Aurora..

    Anyways: I used to have a AMD pcs (which is still being used by my sister) but I switched to Intel Pentium D last year. And I’m hoping to upgrade it by next year to either a intel Core 2 duo or Core 2 Quad or a Core 2 Six or Eight. hehe. and maybe a mid range card Nvidia 9600GT Sonic. hehe. Again. “hoping!”

  14. Red says:

    Using a compaq presario v2000 running in AMD turion 64

  15. amd the most faster than ever built on chips intel for office program only

  16. Dexter says:

    I have AMD and Intel

  17. carl says:

    Intel Dual core here..


  18. Gerald Munar says:

    Intel C2D 2.33 Ghz

  19. Intel user ever since bought my first computer. I used an AMD rig once but it has not convinced me to switch. I am currently using an intel quad core and I am more than satisfied with it in terms of price/performance ratio.

  20. hmmmm…on the server side i think AMD Opteron got it first for the low power but fast chips ;) while on the desktop war intel has got it…

    been using my intel P4 630 rig for more than 2 yrs…(3 Ghz, 2mb cache)…photoshop efx still flies…

    for gamers delight…nothing beats PS3 with its Cell chip…1080p (hdmi 1.3 as well)

    computers are getting faster every 6 months…and who needs a quad core chip when you only use it for net browsing and checking emails? ;)

  21. i have 2 rigs both Intel and AMD.

    a. Q6600 QuadCore 2.4ghz @ OC – 3ghz. (WinXP Pro)
    b. Athlon X2 4800+ 2.5ghz (Slackware Linux)

    For High-end rigs … go for Intel… if you have more cash to spend.

    pics of my rigs – http://flickr.com/photos/wyzemoro/sets/72157603982342341/

  22. marion says:

    My desktop has a good ol’ almost 5-year-old Pentium 4, and my 6-month-old laptop has a Core2Duo. As far as I know, Intel has regained the performance crown ever since they launched C2D, so I’m proud of my lappy :)

    As for graphics, my desktop has a good ol’ ATI Radeon 9600 Pro (AGP, not PCI-E. My motherboard is really old. I need a new rig -_-; but…) for my super laptop, it has an NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT, which is more than powerful for my gaming needs. I won’t be upgrading my desktop anytime soon. My laptop is my gaming rig! :p

  23. Apple says:

    Core 2 Duo E6850
    2GB RAM
    GeForce 8800 GTS 640MB

  24. LunaTech says:

    AMD A8-3850 @ 2.9Ghz !!!!

  25. Mine right now uses AMD quad then hataw na memory at 8GB. I’ve added a good CPU cooler to keep the temp at around 40C

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