AMD vs. Intel

Core ProcessordLast month’s newsletter covered Intel processors and their features, this month we will discuss AMD processors.  AMD and Intel have competing with each other by claiming their products are more superior and trying to increase their market share.  Physically these processors look the same, but they are quite different.

Intel and AMD are the two largest manufacturers of processors right now.  These big names are synonymous with the laptop and desktop processors available today.  With the chip giants fighting for market supremacy, it is the consumers who stand to benefit.  Today with both companies fighting to beat the other, it is still evident that Intel outperforms AMD, but not too much.

Every time, either of the two companies launches a new processor, the other comes up with its competitor version which is sometimes better than the original one.  And the cycle continues, with technology being challenged at every step.  To single out a processor to be better than the other is a daunting task.

AMD offers many different processors just like Intel.  A term called APU is used by AMD called APU (Accelerated Processing Unit).  An APU is simply a processor that combines CPU and GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) elements into a single architecture.   We will discuss the AMD FX processor and the A series.


A4 – The A4 processors are the entry-level processors that are less expensive and can be used for everyday tasks (checking email, creating documents, spreadsheets, and casual gaming).  It is similar to the Intel i3 series but available at a lower cost. They are available in desktops and laptops.

A6 – The A6 is more robust processor than the A4 and is equivalent to the Intel i5 processor.  The A6 are more suited for the all-around use with advanced graphics applications.  The A6 is also available in desktops and laptops.

A8 – The A8 processor is basically the same as the A6 processor.  The only difference is the A6 has a duel core while the A8 has a quad core and requires more wattage.  The A8 processor is also available on desktops and laptops.

A10 – The A10 processor is one step above the A8.  With is A10 processor it provides high performance graphics and resolution for entertainment and gaming.

FX Processor – The FX processor is designed for the desktop enthusiasts and provides all round high performance.  The FX is exclusively on desktop platforms.  AMD FX targets custom builders for gaming and other high intensity applications.  The FX processor is similar to the Intel i7 series.

Both Intel and AMD have a unique approach to the processor architecture, but the ultimate aim is the same: create the best processor there is that will empower individuals, homes, and businesses.

With all this information the question becomes which is the best for me.  If have a small budget, an AMD processor will fit your needs, they tend to be a little cheaper than Intel processors.


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Until next time…Happy Computing!!!



About Michael DeFlorio
I have worked is various positions as a system administrator, support technician, as a help desk support, and as an IT consultant in a corporate environment. I currently run a small business where I provide computer services such as hardware configuration, installation, for residential and for medium and small businesses. You can contact me by email or visit my website at

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