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Intel Processors Are More Stable Then AMD Processors

Nonsense. Utter nonsense.

All processors are designed to output answers based on standards that must result in the same answer. For example, all processors from both AMD and Intel, except for their specialized lines, conform to the x86 specifications. In short, if you enter 1 as two inputs and the logic gate says AND, you'll get the same answer all the time, which is 1.

In the case of more complex operations like number crunching, all processors must conform to the IEEE 754 standard. So, no matter what processor you use, you'll always get the same number when the same input command is run through. It wouldn't make much sense to have different processors coming up with different numbers, would it? The only difference is how fast a processor does the work.

As far as we are concerned, a stable processor is a processor that gives the correct output all the time. Essentially all processors are stable when operating within their rated specifications. No one in the right mind would create an unstable processor! Would you?

People regard processor instability as something inherent or inbred into certain CPU architectures. Most certainly not. Generally, the only cause of instability is operating the processor out of its rated specifications.

To cut a long story short, you cannot expect a good old sedan to go on to a desert rally meant for 4x4s, can you? Processors are like that. They work within a certain range that they were designed for. Whether it pertains to the core temperature or the voltage, these factors have to be met before a processor can be counted on to work with total stability.

Now, how did this whole story about Intel processors being more stable than AMD ones surface? Remember the race for the magical 1 Ghz mark? Well, Intel's marketing team was only part of the reason. Back then, ventilation and cooling wasn't as big a thing as it is now.

Many users were buying into AMD's newfound glory but instead of buying whole new systems, they simply plopped in the new processors and their motherboards into dusty old cases with power supplies that did not conform to AMDs airflow standard.

As soon as these users started stressing these hotter processors, they waltzed out of their operational limits and overheated. Inevitably, they became unstable, causing all manners of trouble with frequent crashes and BSODs (blue screens of death). That said, no processor is more stable than another, because a processor can and will continue to function perfectly as long as it's kept within its rated tolerances.

I can safely say that in most instances, it isn't the processor that determines stability, because processors are designed to work perfectly when it comes to processing instructions. Rather, it is the operating system (Windows or Linux, for example) that influences its stability with the instructions that it issues.


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