TechSpot: Sub-$100 Intel and AMD processor round-up

Recently we compared a dozen AMD and Intel desktop processors priced between $100 and $200 in order to determine which offered the best performance vs. price ratio for mainstream computer users. But then we asked ourselves, what can be had for less than $100?

Today we will be focusing on almost a dozen AMD and Intel chips priced below this mark. Something to be aware of is that this article features just a single LGA1156 processor from Intel, while the rest are designed to run on the company's dying LGA775 platform. On the other hand we have five AMD processors, all of which support the latest AM3 socket and are backwards compatible with older AM2/AM2+ motherboards.

This time around AMD has a significant advantage over Intel in terms of flexibility, but the question remains: how do they compare performance-wise? Before we throw all these processors on our test bed to find out, we will check out each model and give a brief explaination on why we chose them for our round-up.

Read: CPU Round-up: Sub-$100 Intel and AMD Processors Tested

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How about a sub $50 chip that can compete with these scores and uses less than 25 TDP? We pretty much have to throw in DDR3, virtualization and at least two cores.

Why? It would be the most interesting. At this point in the game we have seen this over and over again. I think pretty much any CPU today can do anything for anybody. Sure the i7 chips do offer more, but really there is a limit on how much I'll willing to pay for slightly better performance in real world tests (and not benchmarks or on paper).

bluarash said,
How about a sub $50 chip that can compete with these scores and uses less than 25 TDP? We pretty much have to throw in DDR3, virtualization and at least two cores.

Why? It would be the most interesting. At this point in the game we have seen this over and over again. I think pretty much any CPU today can do anything for anybody. Sure the i7 chips do offer more, but really there is a limit on how much I'll willing to pay for slightly better performance in real world tests (and not benchmarks or on paper).

i7 chips may offer more but until Intel learns to make a chip that doesn't overheat out of the box, no thanks. I will stick with my AMD chips. Burnt out to many Intel processors to trust them anymore.

Would've been more interesting to see the $100-200 CPU range, as there is probably more marketshare in this area (at least the people who build their computers).