AMD video cards

Liam Proven lproven at
Sat Jul 9 13:09:53 UTC 2016

On 8 July 2016 at 21:03, Dave Stevens <geek at> wrote:
> and in my experience AMD is always better bang for the buck, even
> before APUs. YMMV

No. It's not YMMV or anything.

The Sledgehammer line (Athlon 64/Opteron) were much faster than the
Intel Netburst Pentium 4 chips -- they had considerably higher
instructions-per-clock (IPC).

But Intel Israel's Core processor series came back strongly and since
it was adopted and the Netburst line killed, the Core 2 series have
higher IPC than AMD, and since then, it's only improved.

It's not mileage. It's benchmark figures, actual real-world tests.
Core i5 was faster than Core 2, and since then, successive process
generations have improved Intel's IPC.

On low-end systems, where there isn't the budget for a separate
graphics card, the Fusion APU's on-board GPU is considerably quicker
than Intel's onboard graphics, especially for gaming.

But as soon as there is a budget for a discrete GPU, Intel wins
because it has better CPU performance.

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