Theoretically, DDR2 should provide a pretty tangible performance improvement in games. The fastest DDR2-800 SDRAM may ensure up to 6-7% performance growth. However, we cannot yet state any quality advantage of the new Socket AM2 platform from AMD. At the same time the preliminary results of the promising Conroe processor suggest that it will show a significant performance improvement of the Intel platforms in games when it comes out. In other words, even though AMD processors retain their leading position in gaming applications in the meanwhile, the situation may change dramatically very soon. And AMD fans should be ready to take the blow.