Re: difference between cpu types
Yeah, but while Intel's doing all that, AMD has something more up its sleeves too. AMD aren't disclosing too much info right now and are pretty tight lipped. Their R&D department, will have some great stuff to combat them. As far as dual core goes, AMD just totally owns!!!!
I mean read this part here:..."Where AMD differs a tremendous amount from Intel in the dual core department is that AMD did not just “glue” two of their high performance processors together. In fact, if you talk to Fred Weber, AMD CTO, he will tell you that AMD has been planning for dual core CPUs for a long time and the fact of the matter is that AMD’s superior dual core design backs up that statement. AMD uses what they call Direct Connect architecture. Instead of two processor cores being saddled to one bus and run to a single memory controller as we see with Intel dual core technology, we have to remember that AMD Athlon 64 processors have the memory controller on the CPU die itself and therefore no “front side bus” is needed. So each CPU on our dual core X2 has a much quicker route to the memory controller as with current Athlon 64 processors. Also, each CPU core does have its own 1MB of full speed L2 cache and the L1 caches are of course independent as well. So still the biggest benefit to the entire K8 core system is shining through in AMD’s Athlon X2 line in the ways of HyperTransport and its extremely wide bus width when compared to Intel’s dual core 800MHz bus”.
The X2 may be awesome for their own purpose (multitask), but when it comes to gaming, the FX still rules:..."Athlon 64 X2 4800+ appears much faster than its counterpart from the Athlon 64 family. And if it were not for the crazily high price of the new Athlon 64 X2 4800+ exceeding $1,000, I would definitely call this processor a great choice. Especially, since it doesn’t fall behind its single-core fellows in any applications. Keeping in mind the price of the new Athlon 64 X2, we have to admit that these CPUs can so far be regarded as one more excellent choice for wealthy hardware enthusiasts, just like Athlon 64 FX. Those who care most about the performance in applications other than games will definitely pay due attention to the new AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor family. Extreme gamers, however, are most likely to stay dedicated to Athlon 64 FX”.
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