|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.
|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 marketâ€”something AMD hasn't been able to brag about in a very long time.