January 24, 2006
Dear CNET members,
With all the talk about new dual-core CPUs from AMD and Intel, wouldn't it be a great time to bring on a no-holds-barred duel between the two fierce rivals? Sounds good, right? Well, I have ringside seats to CNET's latest prizefight for you as we throw heavyweight contender AMD Athlon 64 X2 in with the Intel Pentium dual-core CPUs to duke it out in a grueling seven-round head-on match. Check out who prevails in this showdown and dominates overall. And when you're done, it's your turn to rumble! Do you agree with this match's outcome? Which processor do you side with and why? Read what others are saying and jab back; the gloves are in your hands, so tell us what you're thinking. Look out for that uppercut, and make your opinions count with solid facts--cheap shots will be called out for hitting below the belt. The bell has rung; it's your turn to TalkBack now!
This week's hot topic:
Desktop duel: AMD vs. Intel
In our recent story, "Dual-core desktop CPU bout: AMD vs. Intel," CNET Labs tested the latest desktop CPUs from AMD and Intel. Along with the surprising results, hundreds of you weighed in on who you thought the real desktop champion is.
AMD is the undisputed champ
Desktop builder and CNET member bnz320 says the winner is clearly AMD. Feeling no loyalty to either company, he's done his homework and states that AMD clearly offers the best performance for the price.
Read bnz320's full post in CNET TalkBack
Intel is still ahead
Though several of you disagreed, CNET member sdedalus83 thinks Intel is still the champ in several scenarios. When it comes to running several applications at once or choosing a mobile processor, he'll pick an Intel every time.
Read sdedalus83's full post in CNET TalkBack
Keep it cool and collected
CNET member RRanger theorizes that the speed differences between the two processors would be negligible in everyday use. He's more interested in how hot either processor gets and how stable they are.
Read RRanger's full post in CNET TalkBack
In the AMD vs. Intel battle, which processor do you side with and why? Read "Desktop duel: AMD vs. Intel," then TalkBack!
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