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Difference between Intel and AMD
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  • Last Updated : 31 May, 2021

1. Intel : 
Intel stands for “Integrated Electronics”. Intel Corporation is an American multinational corporation and technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, California, in Silicon Valley. It was invented by Robert Noyce. It is developer of first x86 processor -Intel 8086

If we talk on a scale of 1-10, Intel processors comes at a scale of 4-10.These processor have good CPU performance and almost all Intel processors come with iGPU. This processor also clock higher than AMD processors,at the cost of higher power consumption and battery life. Thus,for short workloads and single core boost especially in laptops,newer Intel powered laptops can be used when battery life is not a concern . If we talk about Desktop, and you want to change processor, motherboard or socket’s compatibility, then Intel has fewer options available for that in comparison to AMD processor due to frequent motherboard and chipset changes.

Example – Intel Xeon, Intel Core i series, Intel Core m series

2. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) : 
AMD stands for Advanced Micro Devices. It is an American multinational semiconductor company based in Santa Clara, California. It was invented by Jerry Sanders, Jack Gifford, John Carey. It started supplying x86 processors as second source manufacturer and became competitor with Am386.

On a scale of 1-10, AMD processors comes at 5-10. It is cheaper than Intel Processors at similar range.These processors are efficient compared to current generation Core series. AMD APUs are also a good option for its good iGPU performance and comparable CPU performance to Core i series.Laptops powered with Ryzen processors often clock lower and less aggressively compared to Intel powered laptops, they often run cooler and longer on battery, thus for laptops, when higher iGPU performance and longer battery life is preferred, Ryzen powered laptops can be used.Although, when building new Desktop PC, older FX series CPUs  A-series APUs and should be avoided for their higher power consumption and heat output.
If we talk about desktop,mobile, and you only want to do normal gaming and for everyday use, then Ryzen APU is the way to go.For heavier task like video editing,3D-modeling,etc, Ryzen 7 or 9 CPUs or Threadripper should be preferred.



For Ryzen Desktop CPUs and APUs in AM4 platform, motherboard chipset should be checked for support otherwise PC may not boot, although it can be easily solved with motherboards with USB BIOS flashing for newer processors.

Example – AMD Ryzen, AMD Threadripper, AMD FX-Series, AMD EPYC,AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64

Note to Readers :
This article was written before the release of Alder Lake and successor to Zen 3 and thus may not reflect future changes.

Difference between Intel and AMD : 
 

IntelAMD
Less expensive than AMD Processor at lower range.Less expensive than Intel at higher range.
Less efficient than AMD.Less efficient than Intel.
Can heat up when used with Clock Speed Boost(14 nm)Is generally cooler due to smaller lithography(TSMC 7nm is similar to Intel 10 nm)
IPC (Rocket Lake) is lower than AMD (Zen 3)IPC(Zen 3) is higher than Intel (Rocket Lake)
Clock speed reaches and surpassed 5.0 GHzClock speed can reach 5.0 GHz but results in more heat
iGPU present in almost all Core i series CPU(except Core i F-series)iGPU is present only in AMD APU series with higher GPU performance compared to Intel iGPU(HD Graphics and)
It has symmetric multiprocessing capabilities upto 4 sockets/28 cores.It has symmetric multiprocessing capabilities upto 8 socket/128 cores.

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