Linked by David Adams on Wed 4th Aug 2010 18:28 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
Hardware, Embedded Systems Anyone contemplating a new computer purchase (for personal use or business) is confronted with new (and confusing) hardware choices. Intel and AMD have done their best to differentiate the x86 architecture as much as possible while retaining compatibility between the two CPUs, but the differences between the two are growing. One key differentiator is hyperthreading; Intel does it, AMD does not. This article explains what that really means, with particular attention to the way different server OSes take advantage (or don't). Plenty of meaty tech stuff.
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Why would you ever read a Dell article?
by FunkyELF on Thu 5th Aug 2010 17:35 UTC
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Normally I would take anything on a Dell website with a grain of salt but this time I'm not going to take it at all.

OEMs have been known to make deals with Intel before getting huge rebates and discounts for selling Intel exclusively.

Dell had a site helping you choose between Linux and Windows.
It basically said if you have used a computer before, choose Windows and if you have new to computers, choose Windows. It said choose Linux if you are a computer programmer.

Why would Dell be any better at helping you choose between Intel and AMD? They don't have an interest in helping you the comsumer... they want to make money.

Would you trust a company that has knowingly sold faulty hardware?

Its really a shame because I would like to read an article about threads vs cores. I'll just have to wait until Phoronix or Toms Hardware writes one.

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