The launch of Athlon 64 X2 3800+ processor indicated that AMD dropped down the price bar for dual-core processor systems. Now mainstream platforms can easily acquire not only dual-core solutions from Intel, but also dual-core solutions from AMD. This way, the release of Athlon 64 X2 3800+ balanced out the situation somehow: now both companies offer not only extremely expensive dual-core CPUs, but also similar processors for the mainstream segment.
We will not repeat what has already been said about the application of dual-core architectures in general. I would only like to say that according to the benchmark results, Athlon 64 X2 3800+ appeared a faster processor than its competitor from Intel, the Pentium D 830. So, it looks like this new AMD solution has pretty promising future ahead. Especially, if we take into account the compatibility of dual-core AMD processors with the existing infrastructure, their low heat dissipation, Cool’n’Quiet technology support and the ability to switch to 64-bit operating systems and corresponding applications.
As for the drawbacks of the newcomer, we have to say that for some reason we were not at all impressed with its overclocking potential, as it only reached 2.4GHz. However, even in this mode its performance is high enough so that it yields just a tiny bit to the faster models in Athlon 64 X2 and Athlon 64 FX processor families.