I sell both Intel and AMD computers but with the Pentiums here, I have little reason to sell AMD-based computers right now (outside of a cheap video-editing machine using a X4).
Thankful for this review. I've been waiting awhile.
I agree, it would have been nice to see the Athlon X4 compete, but unless you've got some heavily-threaded activity, it would have been the same story as the X3 on the most common applications that this price-range of PC would be using.
The G620 is likely going to the most common CPU, and it's amazing how it outperforms a 3.4GHz Phenom II X2 in most benchmarks at a fraction of the power usage and a lower price tag (from Intel!).
I'm SO grateful Intel is going to have fewer sockets going forward.
The main strength, I believe, of this Pentium platform, is that it is based on the LGA1155 socket. It will make future upgrades nearly painless and make selling entry-level PCs far more enticing.
If you have one of these Pentiums, you're future CPU upgrade options are incredible. With AM3, we're still waiting on Bulldozer, I'm afraid.
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