Intel or AMD? It is the eternal question in the chip market. Over the years, Intel has largely been the biggest company of the two, but the last five years has seen AMD become more equal in terms of sales potential, performance, and price. What about reliability? Well, according to Puget Systems, Intel has been more reliable than AMD over the last two years.

In its “Most Reliable PC Hardware of 2021” blog post, IT company Puget Systems looks into the performance of PC hardware based on failure rates. The firm delves into memory, storage devices, GPUs, and CPUs.

In the processor section, Puget looks at mainstream CPUs you find in consumer PCs at the high-end. That means the AMD Ryzen 5000 chipsets and Intel 10TH Gen Comet Lake and 11th Gen Rocket Lake offerings.


In the high-end desktop (HEDT) section, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3000 and Threadripper PRO went up against the 10th gen Intel Core X, Xeon W, and second gen Xen Scalable models.


Intel Wins

According to the data gathered by Puget, AMD processors were less reliable than Intel alternatives, failing more often. This was across all CPUs apart from one, with Intel’s Rocket Lake having the highest failures in the Intel line up.

“AMD CPUs in general had higher failure rates than Intel, but we did see an oddly high rate of failures with Intel’s consumer-oriented 11th Gen processors… which seems odd, especially next to the very low rates shown by the preceeding 10th Gen.”

It is worth noting this is just one study and I am sure AMD will be eager to refute these findings, so watch this space.

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