Ok, so I'm looking at which CPUs would give me the most bang for my buck.
Specifically, I've been comparing eight-core CPUs.
I've noticed that I could get this CPU from AMD:
It's eight-core. it's 4.7GHz. And it's only two hundred bucks.
Or, I could get either of these eight-core processors from Intel:
Neither of these eight-core CPUs advertise frequencies of 4.7GHz, and yet ... they're both over a thousand bucks.
I kept looking back and forth between these two pages, thinking I must be high off my arse! I mean ... there's just no way! Intel shouldn't even be in business for more than a year if they're charging five times as much for a product I could get an even better model of from a competitor!
Ok, I'll grant you: Sometimes, motherboards force you to use a specific socket type. But even still ... for the extra eight hundred bucks I'm saving going with the AMD chip, I could get a totally new motherboard that takes AM3+ processors ...
... and still have SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS to buy ...
... enough memory that I won't need to expand for another five to seven years ...
... and a graphics card that will play every AAA video game release from now until 2020!
This is the sort of ripoff I'd expect to see from a late night infomercial that will probably be bankupt before the item you buy even arrives in the mail ... not a globally-renowned industry leader of computer parts with more than a billion dollars net equity.
Is this for real? Is Intel really this much of a ripoff?