I was hoping to ask this question in a way that doesn't get me downvoted or labelled as a troll!
I have an imac i7, and a home built pc with a phenom II X4 @ 3.4 Ghz (both with about the same amount of ram). This was a deliberate plan - as I didn't want to pay the extra for intel. I have bought another box set of some dvds and was transcoding them down to ipad format so that I could watch on the train. the Imac is about three times as fast when using the same handbrake profile (as per Frames per second)
As a geek though - I was wondering if anyone could shed any technical specifics on why AMD is slower at 'raw number crunching' type tasks. I have read quite a bit on the internet about it but still haven't really found a succinct explanation. The best that I've gotten to is that AMD have lots of smaller ("narrower") in the processor, where intel has a big, wide, 'superhighway'
I get that intel has a bigger budget, but for as long as I can remember, AMD has been the cost-conscious choice that has lagged behind when it comes to raw number crunching, I guess I'm slightly surprised that they haven't caught up.
Again, this is not a bitch, a moan or a dig, I'm just curious about the specifics.