I am NOT starting this thread so that flamethrower wars ensue, so please let's just not go there. Nor am I saying with any absolute "this is better than that" because it's subjective and depends on the user him/herself.
As such, part of me can't believe I'm asking about this, and yet there was something compelling about the arguments. My position is that I used to be totally biased in favor of Intel over AMD. Now not so much. I'm in the grey area.
So the processors: Intel Core i5 VS AMD's current eight core lineups. The core i5 so far so good, but is the AMD A series gaining on it?
While it would seem that by *current standards* the i5 annihlates just about any of AMD's top processors (like still being slower despite having more cores), one has to wonder if AMD hasn't struck a chord of resonance for the future.
Sure, it's pretty obvious Intel has held the edge in desktop for such a long time. For the moment let's throw the tech spec chatter by the wayside. Most of today's stuff is configured such that it really only needs two or three cores, and anything utilizing in the 4 region does not make the most efficient use of it. We keep hearing about faster-faster-faster.
However, conventional computing as we know it is changing. With miniaturizing, touch screens, and mobile and whatnot. Hyperthreading and multitasking seems to be coming up more and more, even for the average user. So more cores, the better. Aside from the CPU's structuring itself, what of onboard graphics? Lately AMD seems to be competing quite a bit.
Besides price, one of the things that initially turned me away from core i7 to core i5 is that if I had a decked out rig, I would not want to use up and burn up my graphics card being on all the time for everyday, menial, mundane stuff. I'd like to be able to switch back and forth. AMD has taken notice of this, and seems to be making itself all the more attractive, especially for people looking to get a graphics card in the future but who can't afford it all right now.
Intel has been making basically generation after generation of products little different from their predecessors. How are they innovating to adapt to the changing market?
While I'm on the fence personally, I think AMD has been dismissed too long as not being up to par. Sure, Intel undeniably has the power, but AMD seems to be looking ahead, innovative, rather than just trying to go toe to toe. They're looking at a market of people on a budget. If there is one thing I learned last year observing from afar: Kindle vs its more expensive competitors. Kindle outsold them. iPad and most if not all the others. Affordability wins where fickle consumers simply want something new. So I think it is that AMD is playing the long game.
Do you think AMD is blundering against an all but invincible Intel, or could they be poised to swoop in on the market share like a hawk?
Weigh in on the issue, if you don't mind.
Personally I'm not sure, but where you can't match your opponent's strengths, you compensate in other ways to tip the scales. AMD just might be on the ball for this one.