When you are buying a new PC or upgrading a desktop computer for your home computing needs, there are a variety of chip brands out there all vying for your money.
Whatever brand the actual PC, Intel and AMD central processing units (CPUs), and AMD and Nvidia graphics chips (GPUs) dominate the market, but which is the most suitable for your needs?
When it comes to the demands of the power user, gamer or creative worker, Intel is the leading choice, with its dual-core (two processors in one), quad-threaded, Core i5 and i7 processors at the heart of most computers sold today. These are generally faster, more efficient and can smoothly run more tasks at the same time than an AMD equivalent.
However, if you’re on a budget, you will often find the same brand and type of PC is available with an AMD processor (HP’s Pavilion range, for example) for less than the Intel equivalent. All modern processors come with an HD graphics chip built in; AMD’s are usually a little faster than Intel’s but not by much. If you have a desktop computer, you can add a far more powerful graphics card to handle the video side.
When it comes to demystifying the graphics card or GPU chip market, things are less clear, as there are many versions of graphics processors for all types of budget. Nvidia has been competing with AMD for years in the graphics market, and currently holds the edge when it comes to performance.
With prices of graphics cards ranging from £40 to over £1,000 – you pick your budget, then decide on the brand. AMD’s Radeon or Nvidia’s GeForce GTX processors are some of the fastest bits of silicon you will ever own. You can check benchmarking websites (such as http://www.videocardbenchmark.net) to see which chip in your price range is faster. Graphics processors are updated every few months, so keep your eye on recent models’ prices if you’re looking for a bargain.
If you’re worried about upgrading your processor, graphics card or any other part of your system, our computer repair service will be only too pleased to help, in a safe and professional manner.