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Thread: Athlon x4 620 v E8500 OC

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    Default Athlon x4 620 v E8500 OC

    The TweakTown review of the AMD chip was impressive with regard to price/performance when OC'd. Getting 3.9Ghz on air without a lot of work is pretty cool.

    But looking at the comparison graphs, the E8500 -- OC'd to 3.7 and I think with two fewer cores -- seems to beat the Athlon all over the place.

    So what makes this cheap new chip more desirable than the E8500?

    Even more interested: How is Intel's chip beating the AMD chip with half the cores???


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    Default Re: Athlon x4 620 v E8500 OC

    The last time I checked the E8500 was $80 more than the 620. Price wise you would need to compare it to a E6500
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    Default Re: Athlon x4 620 v E8500 OC

    I can understand that. I wonder why the review chose to compare it against the E8500 then?

    And technically, it was a review of the new AMD offering, not a comparo, so not a lot to tell us which they chose to compare in the charts and why, but I guess in a comparison-test they would have chose like-priced CPUs.

    Still wondering why, in general, a slower (in terms of clock speed) chip with half the cores was beating the AMD (with twice as many cores running faster). I have heard from a lot of AMD pundits that the AMD chips are measurably faster when comparing same-speed chips. This is so contrary to that, I'm just intrigued!

    Thanks for the reply,

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