Intel or AMD CPU - which preferable/better?

February 29, 2020 at 07:06:53
Specs: Mac Mojave, 16Gig
Not an area I'm really up on these days. I was aware of the issues with AMD and '95/'98 in those days when AMD required a patch to work OK; whereas Intel seemed OK. But since then not been my area of general interest; and I run Mac systems mostly these days.

My query is however related to Windows systems.

Is there much to difference between the two (Intel/AMD CPUs) when it comes to a typical laptop (or desktop) computer used for general SoHo/domestic applications; simple spreadsheets, word processing etc. emails and the like. Possibly a little graphics work via a drawing package. Also with a touch screen as part of the display option.

What would those très familiar with the ins/outs of CPUs suggest as a suitable processor when it comes to speed etc. - be it an Intel or AMD?

Tak as always for sage advice...

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February 29, 2020 at 15:22:02
"much to difference between the two (Intel/AMD CPUs)"
intel 14nm++++++@5GHz = AMD 7nm+@4.45GHz basically
amd seems to have similar powerdraw, maby a bit better on 7nm
i bet intel is very good on mobile too tho.

not anymore, they are quite competitive, well since AMD's ryzen launch

"Possibly a little graphics work via a drawing package"

can you be a bit more specific here? (GIMP?)

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March 1, 2020 at 07:59:42
"I was aware of the issues with AMD and '95/'98 in those days"

Wow, that brings back memories. The problem was with Win95 & had to do with CPUs that ran at 350MHz or above. The problem was corrected in Win98. There were issues when those still running Win95 upgraded to K6/2 350MHz (or higher), so a patch was created. It wasn't really a CPU problem, it was an OS problem.

"The Windows 95 operating system was not originally designed for processors running at speeds of 350-MHz or more"

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March 1, 2020 at 08:04:59
The inquiry is not for my own situation as I use Mac systems; I'm asking in order to advise A.N.Other who is a windows-10 user.

I think the sort of drawing/artist type applications which would be used are something like those discussed here:

and possibly here:

The user is interested in using a touch screen laptop to do what might often be done using paper/canvas and pen/pencil/water colours/oil paints etc.

I have seen, somewhere fairly recently, examples of work created using a laptop (and presumably a touch screen and pen, or tablet and pen) by someone like David Hockney (but it may not have been him specifically). There is the Apple stylus system of course but that for iOS, but the preference here is to use a touch screen laptop (presumably with a pen/stylus?).

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March 1, 2020 at 08:30:44
I clicked submit in response #2 before I was done.

As hidde663 pointed out, AMD & Intel are "quite competitive" these days. Core i3 vs Ryzen 3, Core i5 vs Ryzen 5, Core i7 vs Ryzen 7, etc. Those are the mainstream CPUs but there are still lower end CPUs available - Intel still offers Pentium & Celeron; AMD has Athlon.

Some of CPUs have integrated graphics (aka APUs), some don't. You can generally save money if the integrated meets the intended requirements. Systems requiring a discrete graphics card generally cost more.

Where I work, we're in the process of switching out laptops for ruggedized tablets. I was one of the early testers so I got mine months ahead of the rest of the pack. We're issuing Dell Latitude 7212's for the field. It has a removable keyboard, touchscreen, & tethered stylus. Kind of pricey though.

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March 1, 2020 at 16:07:28
Most serious artists are using Wacom drawing 'pads' that connect to the laptops.
There are some touch screen tablets and laptops that can use a pen but for artists you have to be careful that it is pressure sensitive so it affects the line weights when drawing. Active pens are more expensive but if acceptable for the machine usually offer more control. If Photoshop is going to be used as in photo editing then distinct graphics and additional memory are important for laptops.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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March 1, 2020 at 16:41:53
Yes the Waco pads are used a lot in tv graphics design, especially if wanting a more natural creation similar to that produced by pen/pencil/brush on paper etc.

I find the app I use on an iPad not as effective as something like.the Waco approach. And from my limited awareness of the Waco kit, I think the Waco is the better approach.

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March 1, 2020 at 23:25:38
Yeah this is one of the most requested feature from the community but not sure when will the idea be implemented. liteblue

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