Look, let's even things out here a bit. I know I'm an AMD fanboy, but you have to give some credit to Intel. Intel have been getting big suppliers, even if they are as rubbish as Dell, who ship hundreds of thousands of computers, and have got them to stock Intel CPUs. There must be over four times more computer companies who sell Intels in their pre-built systems than there are those who sell AMDs. And the ones who sell AMDs are usually the enthusiast companies who either also sell Intel computers or who are more into the enthusiasts market, so they aren't marketed apart from in Custom PC and magazines like that. I mean, come on, nearly everyone in the UK must know the word 'Dell' by now.
Its still obvious though without PCMark or SysMark that Intel thoroughly beats the AMD in Applications; where extra power matters unlike in games where you can't see the difference between a 2800+ and an FX-55 in anything but a few high power games, even then you won't see the difference most of the time.[quote]
That is not true, Lord K. Two of my mates just bought new PCs. One bought a 3000+ with a 6600GT, the other an FX-55 with a 6600GT. The difference the FX-55 begins is pretty big, usually over 20fps in games which run at over 80fps on each system. The other thing is, AMD are better at mp3 encoding, gaming, and quite a few other tests on the net. There are hundreds of different tests, Lord K, each which ask different things of the CPU. If I wanted, I could go find a couple of hundred and post all the links here. The problem with you posting loads of links to benchmarks is that there are benchmarks I could find that would show AMD is better than Intel in this, this and this. So please, just don't post hundreds of links, it doens't show anything.
Giancarlo, SSE4 does have a good point. As Intel have their CPUs in hundreds of companies pre-built systems, they will obviously own much more of the market. I would say that Intel would have at least 65% of the market, 55% thanks to pre-built systems. Maybe if my beloved AMD bucked up their ideas and got some more big name companies using their chips, then the market would slide back in our favour. Most probably in fact. One idea I've heard a lot is to get Dell to make an AMD section, get it advertised on the TV, and then sales will shoot up, just because Dell is a recognised name. But if that doesn't happen, many people will not be enlightened in the way of AMD!
One more thing, look at this test : http://www.linuxhardware.org/article...mode=nocomment
Yes, SSE4, it is just another benchmark test, but this one is done in
Linux. Here, apart from in video encoding, where you would expect
Intel to win, and in a few other tests which were very close, AMDs
FX-55 won. The EE didn't. See SSE4, there are hundreds of different tests out there, but as this one was run in Linux, and done by linuxhardware, I'd expect it to be pretty fair. Wouldn't you?