Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Choice of AMD is Rewarded and Go Ahead with AMD64

Image representing AMD as depicted in CrunchBaseImage via CrunchBaseThe last couple of laptops I've bought have been AMD machines, largely from my desire to get the best performance to price ratio, but also because the integrated graphics chips are much better than Intel's. That choice is being rewarded with 11.04. The open-source drivers work extremely well for daily desktop use, though they have half the performance of the Catalyst driver.

Phoronix recently also benchmarked 32-bit, 32-bit PAE, and 64-bit systems, and the 64-bit systems were significantly faster in almost all tests.

The takeaway? If you're going to run 11.04 on a laptop, AMD's Fusion is a good choice, and you'd be best advise to install the AMD64 version.

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