If you’ve used a computer in the last 10 years (and let’s face it, you probably have used one regularly) you have probably heard one or more of these terms and explanations:
- CPU. The Central Processing Unit is strictly defined as “the electronic circuitry within a computer that carries out the instructions of a computer program by performing the basic arithmetic, logical, control and input/output (I/O) operations specified by the instructions.” They are some of the most important parts of a machine.
- Monitor. A graphics display of any kind. The complication with monitors comes when deciding on two things: resolution and technology. You might want a 4K capable monitor right now, or you only need a 720p one. Then you have to choose whether it is an LED, OLED or LCD. Or perhaps use a TV for a display.
- GPU. The Graphics Processing Unit. A dedicated video card that will help a computer push the limits of graphics be it in video games, rendering or editing video. The choices here are mainly between Nvidia and AMD cards, and each manufacturer has multiple tiers of GPUs to choose from. It can get complicated.
- PSU. The Power Supply Unit. You have to choose the correct wattage, as well as whether you want a modular PSU or not. This depends on the type of machine you are building, since more powerful computers need a lot more power than regular ones.
- Motherboard. The most important part of a PC. Everything we have in this list hooks up to the motherboard in one way or another. As such, it is very important to look for good quality MoBos, as they are popularly called. Aside from that, you need to be able to choose the correct type for socket for your CPU as well.
- RAM. Random Access Memory. The main choice here is with size: get 8, 16, 32 or even more Gigabytes of RAM? (The truth is that for most systems anything above 16 Gbs is overkill). But then there’s the type of memory to get: DDR2, 3, 4 or 5, to name a few. It all comes down to how much you need to do and what you’re willing to spend.
As you can see, this was only a small list designed to skim through the surface of some of these choices. For the rest of this article we will be centring on the CPU. To be more specific, we will centre on AMD CPUs’ performance.
Let’s be frank for a moment and simply state the fact that at the present time AMD’s CPUs are simply not performing at the same level of Intel’s CPUs. Sure, a CPU from both companies might advertise a clock speed of 2.5 Megahertz (MHz), but clock speed is not the be all and end all when it comes to a processor.
There are many components to a CPU:
- Logic Units
And a lot of other things. And all of them contribute to the performance of the CPU. These components are all incredibly complex, and the way they interact with each other, how they are designed to interact with each other will determine overall performance.
Both Intel and AMD use radically different cores. In AMD chips, every 2 of these cores share many of the same parts, which mean that they technically cannot be counted as 2 cores, but more like one-and-a-half cores. While this does not mean that programs that are well designed to take advantage of multiple cores don’t get a benefit of these multi-cores, but it does limit the effectiveness of these multi-core processors in other situations.
There’s also another fact that comes into play: processing stages. Different chips break down different tasks into manageable pieces, so a single process such as adding X to Y is broken down into a number of stages that the processor handles one at a time and then outputs the result. In most cases, the AMD processors take more cycles to complete the same operation or directive that an Intel processor would take. This means that even though both of these CPUs have the same clock speed, one of them is effectively taking twice the processing time in order to complete a task than the other.
There is a silver lining to all this, however: most of these issues will only affect your CPU’s capacity to process whatever tasks you give it when it comes to extremely high performance use, and even then, it would just put more strain on the processor, but they will undoubtedly still handle it. When it comes to a regular user, the difference that these processors have in performance will not come into play.
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