Why AMD processors perform better than similar Intels?
by proflyer - 11/15/05 11:26 PM
I'm in the process of purchasing a new desktop. During a scouting trip to Best Buy I was told that an Athlon 64 X2 equipped system would be well suited for my gaming. I decided to look the processor up on the internet before pulling the trigger.
When I got online I started reading great things about AMD's combination of price/performance, I was naturally intrigued. I was also puzzled as AMD's chips were performing better yet clocking (sometimes significantly lower) than Intel's competition.
Now, during my research I have found that the Dual Core processors will not greatly increase my systems performance initally, however, once dual threaded software begins appearing it will help, obviously.
The system I am looking at has an Athlon 64 X2 3800. The 3800 is clocked well below (at 2.0 or 2.2 GHz I believe) similarly priced computers equipped with Intel based 3.0 GHz chips.
If someone could be so kind as to explain to me why AMD processors consistently perform so much better in game benchmarks, even though the games are not 64-bit capable, than Intels with numerically higher GHz ratings I would be very appreciative.