Best CPU 2012 - 2013 Intel Vs. AMD Processors

Intel Vs. AMD in 2011 - Which should you choose?
Intel Vs. AMD in 2011 - Which should you choose?
Intel Core i7-950 3.06 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1366 Processor
Intel Core i7-950 3.06 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1366 Processor

The Core i7-950 will still give you the great bang for your buck in 2011. It was the top rated, and bestselling CPU for 2010.

 
Intel Core i7-870 Processor 2.93 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1156
Intel Core i7-870 Processor 2.93 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1156

If you're going with the 1156 socket motherboards and still want an i7, then this should be your choice.

 
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Processor, Black Edition (HDT90ZFBGRBOX)
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Processor, Black Edition (HDT90ZFBGRBOX)

Unbelievable value play. 6 Cores for a fraction of the price of Intel's extreme series of processors.

 
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Processor 3.33 GHz 12 MB Cache Socket LGA1366
Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Processor 3.33 GHz 12 MB Cache Socket LGA1366

For users who require extreme performance, the Intel Core i7 980X. 6 cores and 12 threads with Intel Hyper-Threading.

 
Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I52500K
Intel Core i5-2500K Quad-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80623I52500K

If you are a gamer or require a performance, it's hard to ignore that you can get most of the performance of the i7-2600k (without the hyperthreading) in the i5-2500k for considerably less.

 

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Intel Vs. AMD Processors

Experienced hardware professionals know that the only way to get the computer they want, is to build it themselves. Assembly line computers often contain parts that are not up to par with what you could expect while building your own computer.

One of the more crucial pieces to your computer is your CPU. With the various options out there which one should you pick? How does your CPU affect which motherboard you can choose? We'll take a look at processors in each price range and rank them according to price and performance.

I have written extensively on the best Intel CPU and AMD Processors and have come to a conclusion that in the above $300 price range Intel has a competitive advantage in performance and durability. This may change with AMD's Bulldozer and Bobcat release. Where AMD becomes viable in performance is in the below $200 price range where you can get a Phenom II 1100T with six core performance for an affordable $199.

Performance Article From AMD

Here's a research article from AMD comparing the i7 930 vs. the 1090T. Although you can expect some bias from any article coming directly from the manufacturer, AMD makes a strong case in the mid-price range for it's processors. Despite AMD's low prices many consumers are more comfortable with the durability, reliability, and reputation of Intel's products over the past few years.

Read more 2011 news on Intel vs. AMD in this article of the best processors for 2011.

How Your CPU Choice can Affect Your Wallet:

If you've built a computer before, then you know that the CPU socket type you choose affects what type of motherboard you can choose. Since certain types of motherboards, in general, are a bit more expensive than others this can affect the budget of your overall computer. For budget builders, consider a 1156 or AM3 Socket CPU. For performance consider the 1366 or 1155 socket CPU.

*2/8/2011 For now the 1155 socket processors and motherboards have been taken off of the market while Intel works on re-releasing it's Sandy Bridge processors.

*3/14/2011 - It looks like everything has been put back out and is in full swing. It's now a very good idea to consider Intel's i7-2600k Sandy Bridge CPU.

Best 1366 Socket CPU - Core i7-950

The Core i7-950 is our choice for best 1366 socket CPU of 2011. Not only has it come down in price considerably since December, it's also the best rated, and bestselling CPU on the market. Many consumers have reported better than expected performance from these processors because they are made on the same wafer as Intel's extreme series of processors.

*If you are looking to upgrade your motherboard as well as your processor, then you should upgrade to the i7-2600k to stay with the newest technology.

Manufacturer's Technical Details:

  • Product Type - Desktop
  • Product Line - Core i7
  • Socket - LGA1366 Socket
  • Clock Speed - 3.06 GHz
  • QuickPath - 4.8 GT/s

What Consumers on Amazon are saying about the Core i7-950's performance:

"Stellar across the board. I have a gaming rig with a crossfire arrangement which I also use for video editing, photo editing, streaming media files throughout my house (using PlayOn and several WD TV Live devices). I can play any game I want with the PlayOn media server running, Torrents running, and still not hit 50% CPU usage. Really the only time I use 100% of this chip's capacity is when testing out an overclock using Prime95, or when I run a synthetic benchmark. Real world usage, with the exception of video rendering or other CPU intense tasks, will not use half of what this chip has to offer.."

Best Budget CPU - AMD Phenom II X6 1090T

Where else can you get 6 cores working for you for under $200? For six core performance from Intel you should expect to spend at least three times this much.

1090T CPU Technical Details:

  • Six Core Functionality
  • 3.2GHz/3.6GHz Turbo Core Frequency
  • Socket Type: AM3
  • L3 Cache: 6MB
  • Power Consumption: 125W

About:

Thanks for reading this hub on the "best cpu 2011".In the end we feel that the i7-2600k or the i7-950 processor is the perfect high-performance option for gamers, engineers, and other high-intensity users. Average users should still consider the AMD Phenom II x6 1090-T CPU for it's extreme performance and it's unmatched multiple application performance in it's price range.

Before You Go:

If you are building your own custom computer, then consider visiting the other hardware related links below or my new profile where I've listed current articles related to all of the best computer hardware of 2011.


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KenWu 5 years ago from Malaysia

Thanks for this write up, Intel is good but yet I'm a fan of AMD.

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