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.
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.