AMD is still in the fight. Even though AMD and Intel hardly view each other as their primary target, they still exist in the same space together fighting for marketshare. AMD brings a lot of features to the table while Intel brings excellent power consumption and IPC. Users need to have a very good idea where they want to spend their hard earned dollars, as each competitor has advantages over the other. AMD does have an advantage in overall cost, typically because the motherboards for the FM2+ socket infrastructure are significantly cheaper than the competing Intel boards based on features."
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