Is it still better to pick Intel over AMD?

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  1. ErikMetha

    ErikMetha New Member

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    Hello everyone, I am been wanting to build my own computer for a very long time. I know my way a round computers, but the one thing that I cannot get a fair and balanced answer on is Intel still better to pick then AMD? For amd I am talking about there Ryzen cpus. I never really worked with ryze before in my life. All of the computers that I had worked on had been Intel. I know that AMD has been crushing it when it comes to benchmarks and they are close or right on intels tail. The only pro that I have found on intel is its still has the strongest single core performance. I am not a fan boy of intel, just been using them for a long time, but I am not afraid of picking AMD, I just want to make a smart purchase.

    Also I edit photos and every now and then I do some light gaming, mostly emulation. I hope that can help. Thank you
     
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    InsaneNutter Resident Nutter Staff Member

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    Like you i'm no fanboy of any brand, I think you only loose out in the long term by never considering other options.

    Back in the early 2000's I always used AMD back in the Athlon XP days, as Intel simply could not compete with AMD back then. However i've been Intel since the Core2Duo days.

    If I was building a new PC today I'd most likely go with Rizen, as you say AMD are crushing it these days, with AMD generally been a lot better value for money.

    Put a like for like Intel and AMD spec together and see which comes out cheaper and go for that option.
     
  3. SpongeDoug

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    The value of the Ryzen is dependent on what you want to do. Most games are not CPU limited, however productivity apps increasingly are "thread" limited and this where the X series of any Zen2 of Zen3 Ryzen chip excels. But for gaming, it's less important that single core speed, L1, L2, and L3 cache and backplane speed (the speed the CPU talks to RAM and the PCI-e) bus. Right now, the Ryzen supports PCI-4 v4 while Intel is still PCI-e v3. You need v4 peripherals to leverage that speed and they are starting to come out. The main downside of Ryzen is that they are power hungry and run hot if you use PCI-e compatible chipsets like the X570 (which I also recommend), so make sure you get a motherboard with decent VRM (voltage regular module) cooling (not not just a block of metal - something with fins to bleed off the heat better from the power draw). So short answer - Pick an X series Ryzen paired with an X570 board that has better than average cooling.
     
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    AlexNillson89 New Member

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    AMD is actually pushing technology forward. Intel got lazy and didn't want to innovate. AMD Ryzen is all I buy because it just makes sense. Cheaper and more powerful and better
     

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