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When AMD launched the Phenom II X4 940 and 920 I called it a True Return to Competition. With the rest of the lineup now more fleshed out, it's truly a return to competition. At every price point that AMD targets, it has produced a CPU competitive to Intel's offerings.


These new CPUs from AMD are good overclockers, good performers and they don't have any real drawbacks unlike their predecessors. The most interesting CPU is the Phenom II X3 720; at $145 its only Intel competitors are the Core 2 Duo E7500 and the Core 2 Duo E8400, both of which are dual-core CPUs. The extra core in the 720 can provide a clear advantage in well threaded workloads, not to mention that it's got 1.5MB of L2 cache and 6MB of L3 cache at its disposal. In applications where the third core isn't very useful then the 720 loses its performance advantage, which I suspect will be the majority of mainstream workloads.

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Far Cry 2
- Core 2 Duo 3Ghz - 45.3fps
- Phenom II X3 2.8Ghz - 45fps
- Phenom II X3 2.6Ghz - 43.1fps
- Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz - 42.3fps
multi-CPU games give X3 the edge, single core performance is still better on Core 2 Duo
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