Introduction Choosing hardware for a computer can be a daunting task. For most, choosing the right processor can be as equally challenging. For those not familiar with processors and performance, Intel has held the king of performance for many years but AMD has shaken up the competition as recent. In 2011 AMD introduced Zacate and Llano which used AMD’s Fusion technology and they called these new processors APU’s (Accelerated processing Units). Fusion was the world first on die graphics processor that gave consumers a low priced solution for an budget OEM, custom desktop or laptop namely in the $300 to $600 range. The pride of AMD’s Fusion technology was not only price but more than adequate video capabilities. Last year, AMD rolled out Trinity and took their “Bulldozer” cores and they evolved into the new “Piledriver” cores which also incorporated Fusion technology. This resulted in a much better APU replacing Llano in their line-up. AMD’s strategy with the new processors is: Bobcat (good), Trinity (better) and Vishera (best). In the meantime, Intel keeps the train rolling with their “Tick Toc” strategy. Every other year, Intel’s plan is new architecture (Tock) and on the flip side, increasing transistor density (Tick). This year, Intel rolled out IvyBridge and uses 22nm fabrication and increased the transistor density with their new “Tri-Gate” transistors resulting in a more efficient processor. Intel’s strategy remains core i3(good), core i5(better) and core i7(best). Today, we are going to take a look at AMD’s and Intel’s lower priced offerings namely Intel’s core i3 3220 and AMD’s A10-5800K and put them head to head in competition. Since both IvyBridge and Trinity’s introduction, many still lean toward Intel not realizing AMD has stepped up their game. Will Intel still take the cake in this arena? Let’s roll both processors to the bench and fire them up and see who hits the finish line first.