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  AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core processor 5600+ vs Intel Core 2 
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Randy Eastland Dec 07, 2007, 05:52pm EST Report Abuse
I'm looking at a new computer and am trying to evaluate which microprocessor is better. The two computers that I am reviewing are basically identical except for the processor. Computer A has an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core processor 5600+ while Computer B has an Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 (C) DC.

The AMD chip runs at 2.8 GHz while the Intel chip runs at only 2.2 GHz. Seems simple enough, but I suspect that there is more that should be considered. Here is some other information that may be relevant:

Computer A:
Chipset NVIDIA nForce 430
Bus 2000MHz System Bus
Socket Unknown
Cache 1MB + 1MBL2

Computer B:
Chipset Intel 945G
Bus 800 MHz front side bus
Socket 775
Cache 2MB L2

Can anybody help me to evaluate these two processors? Which one is better? The computer will be predominantly used for basic web surfing, stock trading, and server-base emails, but I am hoping to buy a machine that will last for many years, so excess current capacity is important.


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Maestro Dec 07, 2007, 07:04pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core processor 5600 vs Intel Core 2
As far as the core components go, both systems are using older chipsets. The 945G does not support the latest Core2s, and the nForce 430 will only offer limited support for AM2+/AM3 systems. In terms of speed, the AMD system will be slightly faster than the E4500+, and it will also offer (slightly) better graphics performance.
Hope that helped.



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