Summing up everything mentioned above, the verdict about Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems will not be praising. So far this system may be of interest only to the developers. Regular users will not be happy with it because of the availability matters as well as the drivers quality. However, it is very nice that the process of developing applications supporting AMD64 architecture has finally taken off. The official launch of Windows XP 64-Bit Edition for 64-Bit Extended Systems is scheduled for H2 2004, so hopefully the hardware guys will be able to eliminate the problems with their drivers by then, and the software developers will successfully port their programs for 64-bit operation system and 64-bit working mode.
As we see, the situation in the high-performance processors market has become very favorable to AMD lately. The launch of 64-bit processors allowed the company to make a successful breakthrough, so that now they can at least compete on equal terms with Intel. New high-performance processor, Athlon 64 FX-53, which we have reviewed today, is another proof to the point.
In most benchmarks Athlon 64 FX-53 working at 2.4GHz frequency outperforms all alternatives from Intel including even Pentium 4 extreme Edition 3.4GHz featuring 2MB of L3 cache memory. Of course, we have to stress that during audio and video data encoding as well as final rendering NetBurst architecture makes Intel solutions more efficient than Athlon 64. Moreover, Hyper-Threading technology, which is not available by AMD solutions pushes different Pentium 4 CPUs to the lead in a number of practical applications. However, the gaming performance of Athlon 64 FX-53 is beyond any competition, which is its best trump in front of dedicated gamers.
Nevertheless, even though Intel has already introduced its new processor generation on the Prescott core, AMD will have to stand one more blow from Intel in the near future: when Intel announces a new D0 Prescott core revision and shift to a new LGA775 processor socket, the clock frequencies of their CPUs will grow up immensely. Moreover, systems based on these new processors will have a few marketing advantages at their disposal, such as DDR II SDRAM and PCI Express support. Will AMD manage to retain its positions in this case? We will see, but so far AMD seems to be just fine :)