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Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:21 pm:   

Can any one out there give me some advice on the difference between a pentium lll 450MHz and an amd k6-lll 450MHz. I'm considering buying a new system and need feed back on both.I plan to do photo editing and some sound recording.Any info would be appreciated.
Thank you.
rick young
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:21 pm:   

I build computers and I try to stay with AMD. My own system uses an AMD k6III-450 and I love it. And for $180 as compared to $300 for the pentium I would save the money and go AMD.
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:21 pm:   

Check out this site if you want processing power comparisons. You'l see just how well the two do compare together.
Karl Hoenshel
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:21 pm:   

The AMD K6-III 450 compares in processing power to a P-III 550. The AMD chip is cheaper than the P-III,
but it requires at least a 250 Watt power supply, due to the 12 Amps of current it uses. This also means
that you need cool it down with a large heat sink and a ball bearing fan. You might also try a peltier
active cooling system (around $49.00 at Check out the specs and comparisons at

Good Luck
Posted on Sunday, September 26, 1999 - 3:21 pm:   

I've always gone with the pentium series because of the name and the warranty. (My p2400 still has 3 years warranty)
The priceses are down for the p3 now also. About $300 for the 450. I've never had a too many good days with the amd. That's just me though. Take other peoples opinions as well. Some people have had success with amd.
Posted on Monday, March 13, 2000 - 10:56 am:   

I've been using AMD forever, I build computer systems, and I've had a bitch of a time setting up the p3's to work glitch free. But the AMD's ive never had a problem. Speed is a diferent thing the P3 is faster, but the AMD K6/3 is an awsome socket 7 chip that Intel could never keep up with thats why they went to slot 1 processors, to keep up with the speed of AMD. Now if you really want speed go AMD K7...... then yopu'll see speed. But remember K7 needs a 300w power suply and its own mother board (slot A)...
If you have
Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - 9:44 am:   

The amd processor in general runs like an overclocked pentium. They run too hot. That's why there is compatability issues with amd and thousands of other products to where with intel there isn't. There are virutally no compatability issues with intel processors. Most programs are designed to work with intel first anyway. Proof of all this is amd's Athlon 1000mhz processor. It's the athlon 700mhz overclocked to 1000mhz. All it has on it is a h2o cooling unit to keep it from melting down. Intel's 1000mhz probably won't even ship for another six months but it will at least be an actual 1000mhz processor and not an overclocked 700. That and the new coppermine chip from intel for the 133 bus just smokes through windows. Speed wise, the Athlon and the coppermine will match each other fairly closely. (dependant on the test and whose testing) When it comes to compatabilty, support, and reliability Intel beats amd hands down.
Posted on Sunday, September 29, 2002 - 3:22 pm:   

Actually LuCifer the reason that Intel went to the slot 1 is because thy couldnt get a patent on the Socket format as other companies were already using it, thats why they went to Slot 1 and AMD had to go to Slot A.

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