What The Best Computer processor? (CPU)?
which type of computer processor is the best for gaming?
i always believe intel the best but people sayin amd is meant for gaming
- aiguyaiguyLv 41 decade agoFavourite answer
Both AMD and Intel make good chips for computer gaming.
Keep in mind though that the graphics cards in the computers are really more important for gaming than the CPU.
All of the the higher end gaming rigs tend to now have either dual core or quad core processors.
There is not much advantage to the quad core right now for gaming since the current games are not really optimized to take advantage yet of the extra processing cores.
That may be changing soon though so a quad core may still be worth the extra money.
AMD was the price/performent winner in gaming until last summer but now Intels chips seem to be beating them on price performance by about 25%. People who tell you otherwise are not keeping up with the latest benchmarks.
Pick up some of the gaming magazings and look at the system reviews/benchmarks.
Many of the higher end systems now dual or quad graphics cards too but these are still high priced and can add another $1000 to your system cost at least.
- Wizard Of OSLv 41 decade ago
I agree with most of the answers here but tend to lean toward AMD since they are normally just a tad faster than a similar Intel chip.
One thing to remember is that it really does not matter how fast your chip is if you are short of memory or have a slow bus or hard drive. You can almost double the throughput of any chip by overloading the memory, large graphics apps tend to eat memory up and cause swapping so you may have a fast processor but if it is waiting for input or output it ain't doin' much. All processors wait at the same speed.
As someone else said a slow graphics card or lack of graphics memory will kill you too.
When you are looking at a chip, look at the frontside and backside bus speed and throughput, that is probably more of an indication of processor performance than anything.
Also 64 bit chips are always faster than a 32 bit chip with the same clock speed. A 32 bit chip takes 2 clock cycles to do what a 64 bit chip does in one.
Anyone that tries to sell you a processor based on clock speed has no idea what they are talking about.
Oh yeah, if you are playing online games consider your nework connection. Not the link between your processor and modem but what it chokes down to on the ISP side of the modem. Many new NIC cards are Gigabit cards, which sounds great but they only run as fast as your ISP connection.
So which is better, flip a coin, an Intel chip in a memory starved system running on dialup is a dog and an old PII will outrun it on a memory rich system on a broadband connection.
- 6 years ago
First of all, if you're looking at a processor, you need to compare its clock speed and the number of cores and other technologies it boasts like hyper threading. Intel hyperthreading is a technology that allows to carry out multiple executions using a single core processor, so an intel processor which has 2 cores might act like a quad core because of hyperthreading. Some processors have integrated graphics and some don't. If you don't have a good graphics card, then you might need integrated graphics.
When buying a gaming pc, compare ram, the graphics card memory and processor and price and go for the one with the highest numbers that fits your budget.
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- 1 decade ago
that statement was true until the Core2Duo.
The common idea was: Intel for stability/business and AMD for performance/gaming.
I dare say Intel Core2DUO is the best at present. The Quad-core CPUs are still way to expensive for what they are. The Core2Duo beats the AMD in like for like technology and that's even before you consider the higher overclocking ratio and thermal tolerances.
Aiguy is correct in saying that alot of games these days code more for the graphics cards and have less reliance on the CPU. That said I wouldn't want to play oblivion on a single core CPU.
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- dj_lonewolf69Lv 41 decade ago
alot of it is personal preference. i have always been amd running a athlon 64 x2 4200+ socket 939 right now was only 130 on tigerdirect with a stock cooler. works great in my gaming. and i do play most the top end games. but the intel dual cores are good too from what i have heard. don't know anyone personally that runs it though. all my friends are amd
- 1 decade ago
Intel currently has the best gaming processors. Right now, don't buy AMD unless you are using a budget system.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Intel... Jesus Christ INTEL !!!!
Personaly, AMD are like a Tesco Value Version Of Intel...
Cheap, nothing great, but does the Job.
Go INTEL !!!!
- megasparks0101Lv 61 decade ago
AMD use to be until intel core 2 duo
- JMKyler3Lv 51 decade ago
Intel extreme quad core
- LindsLv 71 decade ago
For gaming, I would say intel.