First of all I would like to point out that the year 2006 promises to become the year of overwhelming spreading of dual-core processors. Thanks to the efforts of the graphics card driver developers, the number of applications improving showing better results with the multi-threading enabled keeps growing constantly. And the most important thing is that among these apps are the games, performance in which is essential for many users out there. This was one of the primary reasons why AMD transferred the extreme gaming processors, Athlon 64 FX, to the more advanced dual-core architecture. The new AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 we reviewed today appeared the first dual-core processor in this family.
By launching their new dual-core Athlon 64 FX-60 processor, AMD responded worthily to Intel’s Pentium Extreme Edition 955. There were quite a few cases when the new Intel CPU could probably shaken AMD’s leadership, however, the just launched AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 doesn’t leave the competitor even a single chance in almost all of them. Among the indisputable advantages of the newcomer from AMD targeted for the high-end pricing segment of the market I should list lower power consumption and heat dissipation than that of the competitor’s solutions. In other words, despite the recently announced 65nm Presler core from Intel, the overall situation in the market remains unchanged. CPUs with NetBurst architecture cannot be regarded as a successful alternative to contemporary AMD solutions. So, at least until H2 2006, when Intel is going to release a principally new Conroe processor, AMD will remain the leader by providing the fastest and most economical CPUs for the top-end market segment.
However, we shouldn’t say that Presler got completely and hopelessly defeated by the new Athlon 64 FX-60. Due to the new finer production technology, the new dual-core processors from Intel can boast excellent overclocking potential. As for the frequency potential of the AMD processors, it has been almost completely exhausted by now. As a result, when we compare the results demonstrated by the overclocked AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 and Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955, the former is not always the winner. So, if you do not mind your system being a little bit noisy and generating quite a bit of heat, then Pentium Extreme Edition 955 might be a way to go.
And in conclusion I would like to say that the launch of Athlon 64 FX-60 doesn’t really affect the situation in the mainstream AMD processor line-up. Unfortunately, the youngest dual-core CPUs from AMD cost much more than the competitor’s solutions, which have also migrated to a faster and more economical Presler core. Therefore, if the situation in the high-end market segment is pretty clear, then in the mainstream things might change quite dramatically later on.