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[ExtremeTech] Phenom 8750 vs. C2D E8400

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The Phenom 8750's street price is about the same as the popular Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, meaning that if you do a cursory search on, say, Google Product Search (aka Froogle), you'll find the two CPUs similarly priced around $200 for a retail kit.

There's nothing like a good shoot-out, so we examined the Phenom 8750 triple-core against a Core 2 Duo E8400 to see if, at a similar price, three cores are better than two. Fortunately for AMD, the results are actually promising for the oddly equipped CPU.







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Clearly, the Phenom is a gamer's solution. While it might not fare as well on the Windows desktop, nor in synthetic tests that examine the system with theoretical data, it's clearly superior, in most cases, while running real games.

With a decent system built around it, this core of a Spider platform is truly a midrange performer. If you consider that it runs at a mere 2.4GHz compared to the 3.0GHz Core 2 Duo we tested it against, you must conclude that the extra core had, at the very least, some positive effect on the benchmark results. From the PCMark Vantage scores, it's likely that the Intel CPU may perform better in general purpose tasks, but the differences are small enough that users may not notice much difference.

We'll tackle how well this chip overclocks in the very near future. In the meantime, know that at its factory frequency, it's a solid contender in the midrange CPU market—something AMD hasn't been able to brag about in a very long time.
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Woot. Go AMD!
    
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This looks good. Now I got reasons to get a tri-core for my friends.
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Yay for AMD.
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This is looking great for AMD, because thats exactly where they wanted those chips to be in terms of price/performance


I wonder how long it'll take ol' Paulie dovi to show up with his graphs
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Originally Posted by HugeDink View Post
This is looking great for AMD, because thats exactly where they wanted those chips to be in terms of price/performance


I wonder how long it'll take ol' Paulie dovi to show up with his graphs
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I have no doubt that the tri-core amd is a solid contender, but that is an e8400 at stock clocks. Everybody knows that these processors overclock like monsters and I have mine from 3.0 to 3.6 at stock voltages. Lets see a comparison where both cpu's are put to their limits and then I will be impressed. As for now I still will say the e8400 is the better buy.
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So nice to see AMD getting back in the ring. Now if they can just keep it up and compete with Nehalem.
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Uhhhhhhh obviously a tri-core is going to perform better than a dual core in these benchmarks...
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post #10 of 114
AS impressive as these benchmarks are we know why Intel is the king at the moment: overclocking. It's not that AMD's architecture is inherently bad it's just that it doesn't overclock as well.
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