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Old 24th June, 2005, 10:29 PM
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Tom's Hardware Dual Core Stress Test

By now, most of you have heard about the dual-core stress test shootout over at Tom's Hardware Guide. They've taken an Intel Pentium 840EE and an AMD Athlon-64 X2 4800+ and put them through a stress test for the last 18 days.

The winner? Well, that kinda depends on what you are interested in. Seems the Intel chip is better at running multiple applications, so long as it can take advantage of hyperthreading (i.e. you need WinXP or Win2K3). This means that the Intel chip would be better for things like application servers. The AMD chip excels at running individual applications, though, which makes it better for average desktop use. In addition, the AMD chip consumes something like 30% less power while doing so.

Something else that is interesting. Seems the nVidia nForce 4 for Intel is not quite ready for prime time (Tom's killed 3 boards).

Anyway, you can read more about it here at Tom's.

So, are you going to bite the bullet and get an Athlon X2, or an Intel 8xx? Or are you just going to wait until the dust settles and the price comes down?
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