Choosing a Processor

Intel or AMD

Dell, Intel and AMD

At Dell, it’s all about choice. When you buy a Dell PC, you can customize it with the components that meet your needs. To maximize those choices, Dell offers both Intel®  and AMD processors, so you get the technology that’s right for you.

                              Intel Core 2 Duo
Intel processors offer a terrific range of performance, power and energy-efficiency from the cost-effective Intel Celeron®  processor family to the mid-range Pentium®  family and the high-performance CoreTM  2 Duo family. Intel delivers fast, reliable performance and great energy-efficiency.
                              AMD 64 Athalon x2
AMD has built a reputation for excellent performance and great value. Dell offers processors from AMD’s SempronTM , AthlonTM  64 and Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core lines, all of which can help you run applications smoothly and quickly. AMD also features Cool’n’QuietTM  technology.
Performance Comparison Charts

These charts show the relative performance levels of the different processors available from Dell when running a single application. It can help you choose a suitable processor for the types of tasks you plan on doing with your PC.

CPU 3D Mark Compare Chart

Sysmark 2004 SE
Sysmark2004 SE - Overall provides a computing performance score based on real world computing tasks. 3DMark06 - CPU provides a computing performance score that focuses on the strength of the computer's processor. The 3DMark06 test identifies dual core processing capability and benchmarks the combined strength of both cores working together making it a good indicator of dual core performance as compared to single core processors. Processor performance is based on Sysmark2004 SE - Overall and 3DMark06 - CPU tests performed by Dell Labs in August 2006 on Dimension E521/E520 systems. Dimension E521 test specifications included: NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE GPU /nForce 430 MCP Chipset, 256MB ATI X300 Pro video card, 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 533MHz memory, 160GB SATA 7200 RPM Hard Drive, Windows 7 operating system. The Dimension E520 test specifications include Intel(R) 965G Express chipset, 256MB ATI X1300 Pro video card, 1GB Dual Channel DDR 667MHz memory, 80GB SATA 7200 RPM Hard Drive, Windows 7 operating system. Actual performance will vary based on configuration, usage and manufacturing variability
The base system for comparison was a Dimension E520 with Intel 965G Express chipset and an Intel Celeron 336 Processor, Intel X3000 Graphics Media Accelerator, 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 667 MHz memory, 80GB SATA 7200RPM Hard Drive and Windows 7 operating system.
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