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Old 7th May 2009, 18:46   #1
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Default Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 vs AMD Phenom II X4 940

The sheer affordability of quad-core processors today is impressive; $180 - $190 will buy you a Core 2 Quad Q8400 (2.66GHz/4MB L2), a Core 2 Duo E8500 (3.16GHz/6MB L2) or a Phenom II X4 940 (3.0GHz). Whether you go dual or quad is really a personal choice depending on the types of apps you run. If you look at our SYSMark 2007 results youíll see that the E8500 is a better choice overall. Personally Iíd opt for the quad core but thatís because when Iím most performance constrained itís in applications that scale well to four cores, but if you don't do any 3D rendering or video encoding (or heavy multitasking between two multithreaded apps) then a fast dual-core may make the most sense for you today. If you're buying for a system that you plan on keeping for 3 - 5 years however, I suspect that quad-core is the way to go.
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