AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) is one of the two leading CPU manufacturers in the industry, offering a wide range of products that target both budget conscious and enthusiast-level consumers.
AMD first made waves in the industry when they offered affordable alternatives to Intel’s x86 processors in the mid-90s, most notably with the K5 line (which stands for “Kryptonite,” as AMD considered their products the only thing that will harm Intel’s dominance on the market at the time.)
Through their K7 line of x86 processors, which were sold under the brand name AMD Athlon, AMD managed to establish themselves as a major competitor to Intel. This line of products competed aggressively, even requiring its own type of motherboards. AMD further put pressure on their competitor with the AMD Duron line, which offered lower performance than their Intel counterparts but were sold at significantly lower prices, making them more appealing to budget-conscious users.
The fierce rivalry between AMD and Intel continues to this day both in terms of desktop and AMD server CPU options, but as far as choices are concerned, there are a number of clear reasons why one should consider going for an AMD processor:
AMD CPUs are priced significantly lower than similarly clocked processors from its competitors. While the performance is generally lower when compared clock-for-clock, this is not a matter for concern for the non-enthusiast user, as AMD processors perform well enough to handle any application that is thrown at it within the context of real world usage. Additionally, at the high-end segment, the lower performance is generally irrelevant because the CPUs are still fast enough to handle high intensity workloads. Add the huge savings and they can be considered as great bang-for-buck processors.
Most processor and motherboard combos these days already mitigate the need to buy a separate graphics card, because they already come with Integrated Graphics Chips (IGP) that are suitable for basic web browsing, video playback, and general computer use. But these IGPs are not suitable for gaming, as they are either incompatible or provide terribly slow performance. Users still needed to buy a discrete graphics card if they want to use their PCs to play games.
However, AMD solves this problem as many of their modern CPUs come with an APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), which integrates a CPU and a relatively capable GPU. These GPUs, while not powerful enough to compete with high end gaming cards, are enough to play light to medium games, so it removes the need to get a discrete graphics card if a user only needs to play modern games on lower settings or lower resolutions. This further cuts down on costs, effectively pushing AMD’s status as the choice for budget conscious buyers.
Interested in checking out AMDs offerings are and comparing them with other brands? You can check out the products on this page and see if their price or specs suit your needs. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.
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