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    AMD vs Intel

    What's the latest on AMD v Intel chips? I've been out of the loop on this for a while. We are looking at a new laptop and top end processing power is not a requirement.


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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    Arrandale is coming in a few days from Intel - biggest improvement since the C2D came out. i3, i5 and i7 lines will offer a lot of range to choose from in both the mobile and desktop space.

    AMD doesn't have much from a competitive standpoint right now but is still pretty good in the budget arena. With C2D chips so cheap right now, it's hard to justify AMD in anywhere but as competition to the non Pine Trail Atoms. Even then, the Intel CULV is taking hold to phase out the Atom very quickly and beats anything AMD has at the price/watt/performance.


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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    Last I knew, Intel has better top end processors, but AMD is still a cost-effective alternative. I'd do some browsing on tomshardware.com if you want to get down and dirty.



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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    Arrandale is coming in a few days from Intel - biggest improvement since the C2D came out. i3, i5 and i7 lines will offer a lot of range to choose from in both the mobile and desktop space.
    Translation: Wait a few weeks and find Core 2 Duo for a nice sale price??

    The only thing I'm trying to find is a laptop with HDMI out so when I upgrade to a blue ray drive I have an additional blue ray player. Also for streaming Netflix HDMI would be good.


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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    I just added more to my previous post. But essentially, notebooks will be on closeout over the next few weeks with CES coming up quickly and all manufacturers releasing products based on the new chipset.


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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    I'm looking at getting a refurb XPS 13 from the dell outlet. You should check those out. They have HDMI output and have pretty decent specs.



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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    I just added more to my previous post. But essentially, notebooks will be on closeout over the next few weeks with CES coming up quickly and all manufacturers releasing products based on the new chipset.
    Jeremy, where would you suggest to look for these deals?



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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    The only thing to watchout for on the XPS 13 is the heat. If you plan on using it on your lap, it'll get warm. Both the 13 and 16 get offly warm very quickly. In that same range of notebooks, you could get a new ASUS UL30 for less - but it's more for portability than strict media, though the UL30VT line has dedicated nVidia graphics that would compete well with the 13 line.


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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Jeremy, where would you suggest to look for these deals?
    Amazon has really stepped up with offering the latest laptops at great prices, NewEgg is always great and you can watch sites like FatWallet, TechBargains and Notebookreview for great discounts and coupons.


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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by BigBake View Post
    Translation: Wait a few weeks and find Core 2 Duo for a nice sale price??

    The only thing I'm trying to find is a laptop with HDMI out so when I upgrade to a blue ray drive I have an additional blue ray player. Also for streaming Netflix HDMI would be good.
    If it were me, I'd save some coin and go with AMD.



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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by benjay View Post
    If it were me, I'd save some coin and go with AMD.
    I used to always say that, but C2D machines really aren't more than $20-40 more nowadays and the price/performance ratio is so much better, not to mention the heat put out is far less with the current dies. There really isn't a pricepoint right now that I would recommend an AMD chip over an Intel chip, but that is just my personal opinion.


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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    I like Intel's overall lineup better at the moment.

    AMD has the best price/performance in the desktop low end though.

    Laptops are a whole different story, though. I like Intel much more there.


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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    The only thing to watchout for on the XPS 13 is the heat. If you plan on using it on your lap, it'll get warm. Both the 13 and 16 get offly warm very quickly. In that same range of notebooks, you could get a new ASUS UL30 for less - but it's more for portability than strict media, though the UL30VT line has dedicated nVidia graphics that would compete well with the 13 line.
    That UL30VT looks really nice. My only issue is that I would really like a built-in optical drive.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    That UL30VT looks really nice. My only issue is that I would really like a built-in optical drive.
    UL80vt is a 14" version with built in DVDRW with same overall specs.


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    Re: AMD vs Intel

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    I used to always say that, but C2D machines really aren't more than $20-40 more nowadays and the price/performance ratio is so much better, not to mention the heat put out is far less with the current dies. There really isn't a pricepoint right now that I would recommend an AMD chip over an Intel chip, but that is just my personal opinion.
    You may be right, I honestly don't know.

    I did some research a little over a year ago when I was desktop shopping. At the time, it seemed like you could save a decent amount because AMD motherboards and ATI video cards were also cheaper than their intel counterparts. The overall system was a fair amount cheaper and I'd probably have to be running benchmarks to notice a performance difference.



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