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Almost a year has passed since our first CPU value article. Since then, we've taken a look at the value propositions of current graphics processors, but we haven't taken another shot at CPUs—until today, that is. Fresh from our review of AMD's triple-core Phenom X3 processors, we've gathered all of our benchmark results and tossed current official pricing into the equation to see how much bang Intel's and AMD's latest processors deliver for your buck.

In this look at the CPU market, we explore how value scales across two, three, and four cores, whether bargain prices make AMD's Phenoms attractive from a value perspective, and how Intel's blazing-fast dual-core CPUs like the Core 2 Duo E8400 fit into the picture. Our results span 20 processors, 18 different benchmarks, and some custom tests that take power efficiency and more complete system pricing into account. Keep reading to see where the best values lie in the CPU market.
http://techreport.com/articles.x/14756
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interesting. intel do seem better, but amd aren't that bad..
    
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clock for clock the Phenoms and Core 2 Quads look about dead on judging from the 9750 vs q6600, with the q66 performing a little better, but the Phenoms obviously costing less

Can't wait for 45nm Phenoms with 6mb L3 cache and (according to AMD) Higher instruction per clock rates
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Wow... I'd definitely go with an Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 if I was building right now. Very interesting...

LOL @ the Bioshock benchmark
    
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I take issue with their test methodology... Whenever you compare and/or contrast anything you ought to limit the variables as much as possible. They should have used DDR2 across the board and when possible stuck with the same motherboard/chipset. The Q6600 was paired with DDR3 1066 8-8-8-20, which actually performs worse than DDR2 800 4-4-4-12(Proof here).

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clock for clock the Phenoms and Core 2 Quads look about dead on judging from the 9750 vs q6600, with the q66 performing a little better, but the Phenoms obviously costing less
The 9750 is a whopping $9 cheaper(Q6600 is only +$5 @ newegg).
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I take issue with their test methodology... Whenever you compare and/or contrast anything you ought to limit the variables as much as possible. They should have used DDR2 across the board and when possible stuck with the same motherboard/chipset. The Q6600 was paired with DDR3 1066 8-8-8-20, which actually performs worse than DDR2 800 4-4-4-12(Proof here).



The 9750 is a whopping $9 cheaper(Q6600 is only +$5 @ newegg).
But they also have lower end quads that are less than that. Their highest end, but still locked, Quad is cheaper than Intel's lowest end quad. Even though High End AMD ~ Low End Intel, you can get a quad, in general, cheaper from AMD, which is a big plus in the everyday users market, which is what matters.
    
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I think the $239-$250 Q6700 should be in front of E8500.
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But they also have lower end quads that are less than that. Their highest end, but still locked, Quad is cheaper than Intel's lowest end quad. Even though High End AMD ~ Low End Intel, you can get a quad, in general, cheaper from AMD, which is a big plus in the everyday users market, which is what matters.
True, the 9550 is the cheapest I found newegg on, but is -$25 cheap enough? You bring up the everyday users market, how many everyday users actually use/need a quad?

My guess is that the people who actually need a quad will go with Intel... That's just a guess a though.
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I am sure this is for "everyday" users but I would love to see one of these where all the CPUs are clocked to their average OC (Q6600 to 3.4-3.6, 8400 to 4.0, etc.) although I am sure that will never happen.
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True, the 9550 is the cheapest I found newegg on, but is -$25 cheap enough? You bring up the everyday users market, how many everyday users actually use/need a quad?

My guess is that the people who actually need a quad will go with Intel... That's just a guess a though.
Well, Dell, HP, etc will typically sell wildly overpowered CPUs with no video card and small amounts of RAM. Our school is buying about 300 Quad Core Dells this sumemr, with only 2 GB of RAM, onboard video, and a fairly small HDD. For places that believe in "future-proofing" the market for Quad Cores is at its peak right now.
    
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