Better is arguable. Especially from Intel backers and/or bashers. I am neither. I build my first AMD system a few years ago and have not looked at Intel since, but that is not saying I won't again. AMD holds roughly 20% of the x86 processor market... Intel pretty much has the rest (perhaps all but a single percentage point or less)... that sums up the cost factor for me... that and Intel's name probably adds 50% to the cost of their product. AMD really does have a great product and it runs at lower clock speeds than Intel. For example, I have a dual core AMD Athlon64 3800+ which would make you think it runs @ 3.8GHz... Well, it doesn't but can be compared to an Intel chip running at that same speed... Each core actually runs at 2.0GHz (assuming I am not over clocking... which I am @ 2.4GHz)... and that is a per core comparison... I had a single core 3500+ and it ran at 2.2GHz. Any Intel user should not knock AMD until they try it... keep an open mind and you should be able to build a great system. I know several people that have built AMD and will not go back to Intel and have become Intel bashers. Not me. As successful as Intel has been, I don't see them any less innovative as AMD seems to have been lately. AMD makes a great product and I am sure they have been challenging the hell out of Intel... and that is a good thing. Monopolies are bad and competition is good for consumers.
Bottom line, research yourself and accept guidance from jokers on forums (like me
) -- take it with a grain of salt -- , but make your own judgement and look through any BS you might get. Me, I am happy with AMD but I am a technical person that is a lead at my technical job... We are using Opteron's at work in the servers... still have Intel on the desktop/laptops, but we use Dells
at the office.