Originally Posted by SlowFriend
TO BUY they are pointless. If you want Dual-Core, go Intel.
I see where you are coming from, but you need to keep afew things in consideration, for example, in order for the intel dual core to be better then the AMD dual core, you have to be comparing Core 2, to A64. What about the user that has a perfectly good 939 rig and does not want to invest alot of money on new RAM/Mobo/Proc. Dont get me wrong, if I were building a completely new computer I would go core 2, however, not everyone can afford that luxury. For people who just want to upgrade to dual core, and only have DDR, then AMD Dual Core is the obvious choice.
Lastly, I never had ANY performance problems on my Opteron 165 rig, I would imagine the gaming problems you saw were from a driver/hardware conflict. Probably had something to do with the lack of the Dual Core AMD hotfix.