Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Feb 2009 10:58 UTC
AMD With Intel's Core i7 and Nehalem processors being out and about; Intel's "next-gen" processors are already here today. AMD hasn't been sitting still, and launched the Phenom II earlier this year. Ars decided to take a look at how the competition will go this year, and overclocked a Phenom II to 4.2Ghz, and benchmarked it against Intel's latest and greatest.
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RE[2]: why I prefer AMD
by liamdawe on Mon 23rd Feb 2009 12:13 UTC in reply to "RE: why I prefer AMD"
liamdawe
Member since:
2006-07-04

To be fair, what enabled AMD to do this is their integrated memory controller. Now that i7 has this feature, you won't need a chipset refresh for every memory clockspeed bump.

That is until Intel decides to change something again which requires another new motherboard.

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RE[3]: why I prefer AMD
by unclefester on Mon 23rd Feb 2009 13:41 in reply to "RE[2]: why I prefer AMD"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Intel will probably deliberately break socket compatibility within a year.

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RE[4]: why I prefer AMD
by helf on Mon 23rd Feb 2009 17:57 in reply to "RE[3]: why I prefer AMD"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

...and if all they do is change the pin arrangement, then some company will probably come out with a socket adapter. Like Powerleap.

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