06-18-2004, 01:25 AM
I'm trying to decide on whether to get a AMD 2.2GHZ or a Pentium 4 w/HT technology. Does anyone know how well these two compare?
06-22-2004, 06:57 AM
Not allowing for price - obv the P$ is more expensive -The P4 will crush the AMD in brenchtests.
06-23-2004, 11:07 AM
I agree with sparky if you are talking about 32 bit v 32 bit. If its Opteron (64 bit) AMD might win. Depends on the app.
06-28-2004, 02:36 AM
There are a few other things to keep in mind other than the processor. A P4 w/HT on a cheaper motherboard will chunk out and have poorer performance yet still cost more than the AMD with a good quality motherboard. RAM is the other crucial ingredient in the equation, good brand name quality at the top speed supported is a must, but will run pricey compared to the "generic" or "house brand" memory.
On another note, if you are running the P4 with HT then yeah, it will outperform. If, however, it is a straight P4 2.2Ghz without the HT then the performance gap closes a bit.
I have been running AMDs for about 5 years now based on cost/performance ratio. So far I have no complaints. My current system is a mere 1Ghz 513mb ram machine that out performs many newer systems I have used. I have used some P4 2Ghz machines with Studio MX and you get several apps (Dreamweaver, Fireworks and also Photoshop) and they bog down. Again, it comes down to the quality of the other system components in the mix, not just the processor, so if going with an AMD means being able to afford better quality RAM and motherboard I would do that route over a good CPU but cheaper mobo and RAM.
The problem many people make is just that, they buy a $250 processor and put it in a $40 motherboard with $50 "house brand" ram and expect it to scream and end up with performance issues, stability issues and sometimes a dead system. Go with a $175 processor, $80 mobo and $95 "major/name brand" ram to get the higher quality component mix with a cpu that is still pretty decent and you should end up with a good performer, fairly stable system.