Up For Debate - If you bought a new CPU right now, would it be AMD or Intel?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Nov 1, 2020 5:00 PM

Okay, imagine this: it’s nearly Halloween, so you have a long night of watching scary movies and playing scary video games. When you wake up in the morning, half asleep and still dreaming, you turn on your PC and… ZAP! Your CPU gets fried. This is probably the worst time because all you want to do is catch up on the newest episode of The Mandalorian, but now you have to go online and find a brand new processor.

This is not an easy decision.

Choosing a new CPU is like buying a car, you have to weigh several different options, calculate pricings and effectiveness, and even then you might just scrap all your notes and go with what looks the most impressive. It also doesn't help that there’s literally hundreds to choose from…

But whilst picking out the perfect CPU based on price, performance, core count etc. may be a lot more daunting, there’s one question that has always stood above everything else: Intel or AMD? 

Last year we posed the same question to you all, which an astounding majority of you voted for AMD over Intel. To bring those numbers back up, exactly 871 of you voted for AMD whilst 159 voted for Intel. That’s a pretty staggering result, so we thought about bringing this conversation back up in light of AMD’s recent announcement for their Ryzen 5000 CPUs.

For a long time the definitive answer was almost always Intel, as they have consistently brought out some of the best gaming chips on the market to date, with AMD trailing behind trying to play catch up. Now though, it’s a totally different ballgame, as Intel has started to lag behind and AMD has actually gotten to a point where they can boast the most powerful CPU for gaming with their new Ryzen 9 5900X.

Okay sure, maybe this is a little unfair since AMD just announced them and Intel is set to announce their own next generation of processors next year, but the question still remains: if you were to buy a brand new CPU right now, would you pick AMD or Intel? And why’s that? Let’s debate!

If you bought a new CPU right now would it be AMD or Intel?

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03:49 Nov-03-2020

I built my PC at the start of the year and I chose AMD (very happy with it). But nowadays this one is more expensive and mostly out of stock here in Brazil. If I had to build my PC today, I'd probably go with the i5 10400 or the R3600x.

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01:27 Nov-03-2020

AMD all the way

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16:39 Nov-02-2020

If i have to buy a new PC today i will put an 3200G with a X570 or B550 motherboard, so i could upgrade to the R5 5600X and a RX 6800 or 3070

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13:41 Nov-02-2020

I have an Intel/Nvidia setup, but if i needed to upgrade today, it'd be AMD all the way. I just think it's a better company. And now that it can compete with both those brands, I'd support.

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11:23 Nov-02-2020

Recently upgraded from my 7 year old 3770K to the 10700K.
Definitely a much needed upgrade. Didn't even truly realize how much I needed it until I did it. Huge difference in performance even in day to day use but especially for Warhammer 2.
Probably the same for my current GTX980. It served me well (and still does, really, mostly) But I'd really like the new RTX3070. Seems like good value for money and pave the way for higher resolution gaming as well as VR.

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10:53 Nov-02-2020

10100f looking like a snack. . .

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10:01 Nov-02-2020

I just bought an intel i5 10400, hoping to upgrade to 11th gen in the future.

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10:07 Nov-02-2020

why tho? That CPU will be more than enough for next few years


It would be better to upgrade your GPU

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11:45 Nov-02-2020

I said it in a metaphor, as in only 11th gen will be the final upgrade for this chipset, I am now looking for to upgrade to a new GPU, hopefully RTX 3060 or 3060Ti, whichever fit best according to budget.

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09:37 Nov-02-2020

Alredy have a b450m board so amd is definetely the cheapest option for me

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08:45 Nov-02-2020

Literally right now waiting for my new ryzen 3600 to ship

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08:12 Nov-02-2020

The only time intel will have competition will be when next gen lineups when lineups require new chipset.
The only time when intel was competitive was during the launch of am4. The other problem is that , in most regions the new motherboards will be very overpriced , it takes quite some time to get good deals.

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03:01 Nov-02-2020

Without a doubt it would be AMD. Those Ryzen CPU's are not only priced great but actually have the performance to make them worth it.

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07:16 Nov-02-2020

1000% Agree

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00:54 Nov-02-2020

If i really had to id switch back to amd and get the 5800x but my current cpu is doing more than fine for what i need for next few years

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00:52 Nov-02-2020

Intel also makes good CPU, but they're kinda really overprice recently, but the most annoying thing about their CPU is the amount of different sockets, so I will stick with AMD for now, at least their price is more affordable and I don't have to change the mobo

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23:44 Nov-01-2020

I made the switch to AMD and havent look back since, I can upgrade my CPU on the same x570 platform and get all the benefits, thank you AMD for taking care of your customers

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23:20 Nov-01-2020

These days when I look at options for what to upgrade my CPU to, I don't even bother looking at Intel

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21:41 Nov-01-2020

Right now, AMD is the better choice to go for. I dunno why anyone would pick Comet Lake.


I'm not being a fanboy, I just go for what's better overall.

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21:06 Nov-01-2020

ONLY FOOLS AND FANBOY WILL BUY OVERPRICED INTEL CPU!

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21:31 Nov-01-2020

Fair enough, but you don't have to PUT IT ALL IN CAPS!

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21:46 Nov-01-2020

not all intel cpus are overpriced tho, look at 10400f. Costs less than ryzen 3600, has similar performance.


Also you can't say AMD doesn't have overpriced products, I mean just look at X CPUs, you basically pay 50+$ more for a letter, not to mention XT.

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22:27 Nov-01-2020

agreed.... also I'm going to go out on a limb here and bet that the 5000 series will force Intel to lower prices across the board

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22:50 Nov-01-2020

most likely, especially if they don't plan to release their next gen for a whole year like some people are claiming

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22:35 Nov-01-2020

Again with the insults? Calm down! Only fools and fanboys care enough to start insulting other people for their hardware choices.

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11:41 Nov-02-2020

Count me as a fool then.
Because to be honest, I did despicably little research before upgrading to the 10700K.

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20:36 Nov-01-2020

Long-term Intel user here. AMD is...the better choice now. Stupid high core count, great performance on the new Zen architecture, the price is alright - what more can one as k:)

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20:34 Nov-01-2020

As is, AMD, since if you want best bang for the buck, Ryzen 3000, like 3600 and 3700X are amazing deal, even compared to new stuff, thanks to price increase. At least until 5600 and 5700X. And if you want the best, I guess Ryzen 5000 is coming. Intel as is, without 5000 series, is only worth considering for FPS snobs, to get max FPS in games, if you are willing to pay disproportionately.

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20:39 Nov-01-2020

And don't get me wrong, I would love to see Intel compete and with Ryzen 3000 they easily could, if they dropped some of that forced segmentation, which they partially did by allowing memory overclocking on B460, and price adjust. But with Ryzen 5000, if all claims are true, it will only get worse for Intel. they really need that 10nm or 7nm to keep up.I don't hate Intel,but as is,AMD is winning.

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20:51 Nov-01-2020

Exactly, the perforamnce increase is great for the Ryzen 5000 series but the price increase + taking out the models people actually want to buy means the performance per $ doesn't really go up much at all. It for sure is worth waiting for the benchmarks, but the 3000 series still look like a goo deal atm.

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18:39 Nov-01-2020

AMD has been supporting more CPUs on a single socket platform than Intel ever has, leaving you with a much greater upgrade path..... I mean look at the 400 series boards, FIVE generations of CPUs on the SAME MOTHERBOARD is an insane amount of options!
As long as AMD continues this trend, while remaining competitive on price and performance, it will always be AMD for me.
That being said, I'm sure 5000 series is likely the end of AM4..... may AM5 live a LONG life!

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| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-10400T 6-Core 2.00GHz GeForce GTX 1650 8GB
| 60FPS,
Ryzen 3 2300X 4-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 6500 XT 4GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Low, 720p
Core i3-4170 3.7GHz GeForce GTX 750 EVGA 2GB Edition 8GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz GeForce RTX 3070 Colorful iGame Advanced OC 8GB 16GB
Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gigabyte Eagle OC 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-8600 6-Core 3.1GHz GeForce GTX 1650 8GB
Core i5-2400 3.1GHz GeForce GTX 460 MSI Hawk v1 1GB Edition 8GB
Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Xeon E5-2690 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ASUS Turbo 11GB 128GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
Core i5-4590 3.3GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz GeForce 820M 2GB 4GB
20% No [5 votes]
Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz GeForce 820M 2GB 4GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Ryzen 5 3500X 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Asus TUF Gaming OC 6GB 32GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
Core i5-8250U 4-Core 1.6GHz GeForce GT 1030 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz Quadro K600 18GB
50% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ultra 16GB
75% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-2600 4-Core 3.40GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]