|Power Consumption||Less efficient than Intel, though AMD claims that the energy consumption figures of the Piledriver processors have been brought down to Intel processors' levels||More efficient than AMD; energy efficiency has always been one of Intel processors' biggest competitive strengths|
|Cooling Factor||Till now, AMD processors were notorious for getting heated up very fast under intense and heavy-duty computing conditions. However, it is being speculated that the generation-2 Bulldozers will take care of the overheating issues||Runs cooler for a longer duration|
|Performance Speed||The second generation FX series of processors are expected to give 25% faster performance than its predecessor even under heavy-duty multimedia overload situations. The first generation Bulldozer processors claimed much but delivered little but if Piledriver processors live up to their claims, then the latest AMD microarchitecture can at least be at par with Intel's Ivy Bridge, if not more, as far as performance speed is concerned.||It is being speculated that Ivy Bridge would excel Sandy Bridge by at least 20% overall, including processing speed. Considering Intel's previous record of being the leader in processor performance speed, this should give AMD's Piledriver processors some seriously tough competition.|
|Gaming and Multimedia||Better multimedia output due to faster clocking||Upgraded graphics core of Ivy Bridge promises better graphics and multimedia output than previous microarchitecture types.|
Get as much technical information as you can on AMD versus Intel chips before you settle for any one. Neither can be declared the clear winner as each has some features which are better than those of the other. However, judging by speculations, Intel's Ivy Bridge seems to have an edge over AMD's Piledriver. That means, 2012 could very well belong to Intel! However, the facts can be laid down for certain only when both processor ranges are launched in the retail market. Till then, prioritize your computing requirements and take your call - make sure your decision is based on technical facts rather than price and marketing campaigns.