My Experience with AMD Based Computers

AMD has always been more of a value brand of chip. For the most part they seem to be a better value because of their price. All of that changed some years back for me. My repair shop has repaired hundreds of computers over the years. One thing that came to my attention over a period of time was that it seemed there were an excessive number (my opinion) of computers with AMD microprocessors in them that would come into the shop with burned out CPUís and I have never experienced a single case of a failed Intel CPU.

Part of the problem is the cooling systems that were being used in conjunction with those chips. The cooling was inadequate or just plain faulty. Then the chips would overheat. An overheated chip would usually lead to additional component failure in things like the motherboard and/or the power supply. Actually, in a lot of these computers I would find multiple component failures. I was never sure which component failed first. AMD chips are not designed the with the quality and failure mode considerations as Intel chips. The power usage and therefore the heat output on the Intel CPUís is considerable less, also the Intel CPU detects an overheat condition and slows down the CPU to compensate for this. AMD CPUís do not sense the overheat condition and just keep running until they burn, or damage other components like the video, motherboard or power supply.

One thing that became all too apparent was that all of the lower quality computer manufacturers were primarily shipping units with the AMD chips. I presume they did this mostly because of the costs. The end result was that most of the really low quality computers that I considered to be complete junk were built all around these AMD microprocessors.

Too many years of low quality systems mostly running AMD brains led me to develop somewhat of a disliking for AMD based units in general. That same dislike carried right over into the laptops.

When laptops started gaining popularity and we started seeing more and more of them come in for repairs, I realized that an awful lot of the AMD based units were really underpowered for what they were being asked to do. People would say that they donít need much power to surf the internet and read emails. This is true. The problem is that the computers they were buying would come pre-loaded from the factories with all kinds of software with memory resident modules that loaded every time you started up the computer.

So, your laptop wasnít just running the basic thirty something Windowsí services that were standard with Windows XP. Instead those computers would be running somewhere around sixty different modules that required a lot of computing power to manage. The end result for the computer owner was a laptop that was slow right from the get go. These chips were just too slow in speed (Ghz) and had to little built in cache to run the computer at a speed that I thought was acceptable.

People would bring in these laptops right after they bought them online and ask if there was any way to speed them up. These people were obviously disappointed that they had made the purchase decision that they did. All you could really do for them was to add some additional RAM plus turn off any unnecessary Windows services and start-up programs so that there was less load on their underpowered system. Those people really regretted ever buying those slightly cheaper laptops

Other Reasons I Prefer Intel To AMD

It seems that all of the major breakthroughs in recent years that deliver exceptional increases in performance to microprocessors have been coming out of the Intel Corporation. With the new CPUís, Intel is miles ahead of AMD, I get a sense that Intel have always employed the best engineers in the business.

When you study the charts of how certain microprocessors perform under normal user conditions, the Intel microprocessors are consistently rated as better performers compared to AMD.

Intel microprocessors are ridiculously reliable. They just donít go bad. They just donít. I have seen computers that were exposed to extreme overheating. The Intel CPU never smoked. You could just fix the underlying problem with the cooling system and business would be back to normal. These chips are ultra-durable. What more can I say?

Intel has a history of continually increasing the amount of cache memory that is integrated into their microprocessor products. Having more cache is one of the most important things you can look for in a chip to gauge its performance capabilities. Chips with more cache cost more money. You can definitely see the performance increase under the right conditions though.

I know quality when I see it and I am happy to pay a premium to get it. The difference in price between the Intel and a comparably powerful AMD chip is not enough to make me go with the AMD chip.

Unless Intel microprocessors ruin their image of being ultra-high quality or unless they start over-pricing their chips, then I will remain a fan. I will continue recommending that people stick with Intel.

All the computers and laptops that I sell and support are Intel, I will not sell AMD, it is not worth saving a few dollars and end up with such a lower quality product.