AMD or Intel – Choose the Right Processor for Your Laptop

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This is an ongoing and possibly never ending debate, as to which processor is better. Some will swear by AMD, while others will sing praises of Intel. AMDs are a computer builder’s favorite, but Intel is the most common and widely used processor on readymade systems, both desktops and laptops. This article, however, is not going to get into the debate of which of the two processor brands are better or worse, but will simply try to tell you what the difference is, so that you can choose the right processor for yourself on your next laptop buy.

How to choose a processor for yourself?

When looking at different processors and trying to figure what would work best for you in your next laptop, know that it depends mainly on how you plan to use this new laptop. AMD and Intel are your main and only choices when buying a laptop. Here are a few things to think about:

  • What is your budget for your next laptop?
  • What do you plan to use your next laptop for?
  • What are you looking for in your next laptop?

Only once you have answered these questions can you think about deciding on the brand of processor. If you are looking for an everyday use laptop, without a lot of gaming or heavy software use like professional video editing and such and are on a budget, then AMD is your best bet. Laptops with AMD processors are relatively cheaper than those with Intel processors of the same power. If heavy use of Photoshop or other software that is extremely power hungry is your kind of work on a daily basis, then Intel based laptops might be a better buy, since they are good for heavy software and give you a wider range of processors and laptops to choose from.

Intel processors are way more commonly used by laptop manufacturers than AMDS, which means that if you choose to go for AMD you might have fewer devices to choose from. AMDs, however, win hands down when it comes to pricing. AMD had heating issues with some of its early laptop processors, but they have long been rectified and have no such issues any more.

Pros of AMD

  • Lower price range
  • Great for most everyday work
  • Powerful but less known and less available with laptops

Pros of Intel

  • Market dominance
  • High end processors good for heavy software
  • Available with almost every laptop brand and model

As you can see, both processor brands have their pros and cons, and have been around for long. Each has been doing its share of innovation and marketing, and is reputed in the market for performance. What you choose to go for depends entirely on your budget and usage.

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