How I have switched from Intel to AMD


I’ve written in an earlier post that I’m in the process of purchasing a brand new computer. The main purpose of this PC is to virtualize other Windows and Linux machines. I’ve opted for an Intel configuration that will aid me in achieving the desired needs. The computer would use an Intel I5-3470 processor with 3200 Mhz, 16 Gb of RAM and an Nvidia GTX 660 video card. For more information check out this article about Choosing the right computer configuration.
After browsing a little bit I’ve discovered that the Intel processor wasn’t good enough for the money spent on it. Another AMD processor is on the market that has some real improvements in terms of processing speed. This is the AMD FX X8 8350, 4000MHz, 16MB with the AM3+ socket. Imagine that this processor with 8 cores and 16 MB of cache memory is around 200 $. Check out these images from http://www.cpubenchmark.net to see the difference between these two processors:
The Intel I5-3470:

CPU benchmark
And the AMD FX 8350:
CPU benchmark
You can see that there is a big difference in terms of overall performance between these two CPUs. You can also see that the prices of these two processors are almost the same. I would recommend anyone to choose these AMD processor instead of the Intel-3470. Note that I’ve search a little bit and it seems that the AMD processor works around 50 degrees. If the temperature rises buy and install a cooling system.
   Because I’ve changed my processor and opted for a new architecture, the motherboard needs to be changed. I’ve surfaced the Internet and I’ve discovered an ASRock 990FX Extreme3, AMD 990FX + SB950 motherboard. The chipset equipped on this motherboard is one of the most powerful that are used on this kind of architecture. The motherboard is around 130 dollars and I think will suit most needs. It offers support for both SLI and Crossfire, it has a Gigabit LAN adapter, supports USB 3.0 and 7+1 audio devices. The 990FX Extreme 3 also supports 32 Gb of RAM starting from 1600 Mhz to 2133 in OC (Overclock). It has plenty of SATA and PCI express ports and it does also support AM3+ sockets. Remember that you can install the AMD FX 8350 processor without upgrading the BIOS.
   I’ve also changed my memory and opted for a pair of Corsair Vengeance DDR3, 2x8GB, 1600MHz. These memory bars are equipped with some large radiators and also support XMP. These are around 150$.
   For the power supply I’ve chosen a Zalman ZM500-LE. This 500 W power supply does the job perfectly and it has some safety measures such as Over Voltage Protection(OVP), Under Voltage Protection(UVP), Short Circuit Protection(SCP) and Over Power Protection(OPP). This power supply is around 50$. If you need to calculate the overall power consumption of your machine, check out this cool calculator http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp.
Remember that all these prices are available in my Country and may not apply to your location.
   I hope this article will serve well for those that want to switch from an Intel to an AMD processor. If you think there is more to be added here please leave a comment. Enjoy your day and stay tuned for more articles to come. Meanwhile, check out other articles available on IT training day.
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