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    Is there really a difference between Intel and AMD?

    Looking at Laptops, since mine have not been responding to resuscitation attempts, I have realized that all of my systems have been Intel.

    Is there any real difference between AMD and Intel?

    Like I see AMD Sempron and Athlon as choices (and Athlon as a dual-core) and Intel Core 2 Duo Processor and Atoms listed. Is there an advantage to one over the other other than price.

    Also, is there a difference in Linux adoption (Linux working better on one or the other, issues, etc.)

    I just don't know anything about AMD chips. I don't even know which chips are 64bit and which are 32bit and how to handle Linux with 64bits.
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    Re: Is there really a difference between Intel and AMD?

    First, you don't really need to worry about handling Linux with 64-bit. Even if you get a 64-bit processor, which is extremely likely, you can still use 32-bit Linux if you wish. As far as AMD vs. Intel, I prefer Intel chips. I have built machines with both, and the Intel machines just seem more responsive. Plus, I don't think AMD has anything to match the Core 2 or Core i7 chips. If the same holds true for laptops, I don't know.

    Also, to my knowledge, Intel works more with the open-source community than does AMD. However, I have not had any serious compatibility problems on either platform (with the exception of an ATI graphics chipset).

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    Re: Is there really a difference between Intel and AMD?

    From my experience I have had better luck with Intel. I love AMD and for a long time Swore I would never get an Intel, now I have one and love it. From what I seen, AMD usually comes out with something first, then Intell comes out with it better. One thing to keep in mind though is the graphics cards. Nvidia has better support with Linux. This is just my experience from building, upgrading and fixing computers on a regular basis, as well as the bit of knowledge I have obtained over the years.
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    Re: Is there really a difference between Intel and AMD?

    (cautiously) i once heard intel cpus seem to work best with the nvidia chipset, whereas amd cpus would work best with ati chipset. this would suggest intel to be the best choice.

    as the above is hearsay, i would like to get other opinions/insights.

    another little fact, in the dark past before i turned to linux, there seemed to be a debate about the superiority of either brand. i also heard the suitability would depend on applications used. this is old knowledge though.
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    Re: Is there really a difference between Intel and AMD?

    I have used mostly AMDs. They used to be better value for your money, but now I think Intel has taken that mantle back. As far as Linux and 64-bit supprot goes, both are completely trouble free.

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    Re: Is there really a difference between Intel and AMD?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simian Man View Post
    . As far as Linux and 64-bit supprot goes, both are completely trouble free.
    thank you for that one. i will remember when koala is released.
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    Re: Is there really a difference between Intel and AMD?

    Does anybody have a comparison or equivalence chart between AMD and Intel chips?

    Like
    ??? = Intel Atom
    AMD Sempron = Intel ???
    AMD Athlon = Intel ???
    etc.
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    Re: Is there really a difference between Intel and AMD?

    just have to google it

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    Re: Is there really a difference between Intel and AMD?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonbite View Post
    Does anybody have a comparison or equivalence chart between AMD and Intel chips?

    Like
    ??? = Intel Atom
    AMD Sempron = Intel ???
    AMD Athlon = Intel ???
    etc.
    AFAIK:

    AMD Athlon Neo = Intel Atom
    AMD Sempron = Intel Celeron
    AMD Athlon = Intel Pentium

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    Re: Is there really a difference between Intel and AMD?

    As far as a comparison chart, Tom's Hardware publishes CPU charts on its website, http://www.tomshardware.com. They are fairly easy to find in the menu.

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