When you think of the greast rivalries of the world, you might think of Holyfield and Tyson, or Axl Rose and Vince Neil. But, in the world of technology, there might not be any more interesting rivalry than AMD and Intel. For decades, these two companies have produced the vast majority of processors. For desktops and laptops, these two companies have owned the market. In the server market, Intel has long been the standard. For mobile phones, AMD was once the standard.
While the world is on pause, Tom's Hardware dedicated testing resources to putting the rivalry to the test in today's marketplace. They compared the current offerings from both brands across ten metrics, from price and value to heat and performance. On the total metric count, it was a clear win for AMD.
This win comes care of the difference between the companies' philosophies. AMD has always worked to be the low cost provider. They accomplish this by pushing their hardware to a higher threshold than Intel does. While this helped them in several categories, it did lose them in the overclocking capacity. Because they natively push their processors harder, it means that there is less head room at the top of the processor for users to push it farther.
The biggest win for AMD was in its value. For the same price, you can get an AMD processor with more cores and similar or higher clock speed. In fact, looking at the comparable product families, AMD's processors tend to run about 20% less per device than an Intel processor.
Now, it is important to note that, just because AMD won seven out of ten categories, does not mean that AMD is the right solution for everyone. When purchasing a pre-built machine, don't go out of your way to over customize your configuration. When building your own machine, consider what your intentions are and what your needs are going to be.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.
Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.