Originally Posted by xie67
Yes the new Intel Core2 Duo is very nice but an expensive motherboard and equally expensive if not more DDR2 RAM for optimal performance..To be able to get impressive benchmarks.
Granted video encoding and applications such as FAH are able to run far more effectively on them.
As for gamming and other real world applications, it has been well reported that the gain is minimal. So the question should be "do you wish to outlay a large amount of $$$ for this" ?.
I am sure jrabb1920 could enlighten you on his experience in this regard.
And please before you Intel Core2 Duo converts flame on..This is not a AMD v Intel misguided fanboy rant but my own questioning of the effective performance gain for the purchase cost (assuming you start from scratch).
As applications change to suit these new cores (how long till they are widely implemented is another question ) the performance gains may increase.
In the current market place some very good systems can be configured for a fraction of the cost of the latest n greatest Intel product. Once pricing falls to reasonable levels I may then re evaluate this for my own self.
footnote: Build for today the best to suit your needs. Waiting for the next generation component release around the corner will see you waiting for eternity. Q: How can you future proof your purchase ? A: You can not.
Well... I gave some examples above, and the Core 2 Duo kit is just about $30 over the AMD kit. Yes, to get excellent results with the Core 2 Duo, DDR2 800 RAM is recommended, but with DDR2 667 RAM, very good results are possible (3.22GHz, as I listed before). We're still talking sub-20sec 1MB SuperPi times! The 'Core 2 Duo' is too expensive argument does not really work. DDR 400 RAM already is over $200 for a 2GB kit (and that's just the basic stuff), and if you're honest, you should compare the cost of DDR2 800 with DDR 500 on the AMD 939 side. Also, the Gigabyte board I linked (the S3) is a good overclocker, same as the DS3, only without its solid capacitors.
I'd like to see an AMD build, or Intel build, for a 'fraction' of the cost of the $511 Core 2 Duo combination I listed