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Dr. Peaceful Oct 08, 2008, 01:48am EDT Report Abuse
I know this has been talked about here in HWA before, but can't help adding another thread. I just noticed stores are selling pre-built PCs, numerous brands, with AMD Phenom Triple Core processors, side-by-side with Intel dual cores in about the same price level.

For enthusiasts like us, we would probably go for the Intel Quad rather than the AMD Triple at this time. But for general consumers, they probably think why not getting 3 cores instead of 2 for about the same price. Could this be a strong contender from AMD to the Intel domination? Or is it just another futile attempt? What do you think?


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FordGT90Concept Oct 08, 2008, 02:05am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Triple Cores hit the street
Dragon Peaceful said:
Could this be a strong contender from AMD to the Intel domination?

No, because those tri-cores have a substantially lower clock. A 3.2 GHz Penryn dual-core is faster than a 2.x GHz tri-core by a very large margin despite being similarly priced.


Dragon Peaceful said:
Or is it just another futile attempt?

It is futile in that they are trying to turn botched Phenom processors into something they can market...


Dragon Peaceful said:
What do you think?

Unfortunately, most computer purchasers are computer illiterate (watch HSN or QVC when they try to sell computers for instance...); however, people understand numbers relatively well. They can easily sell a product by going on and on about how multiple cores are great and then they translate it into three cores are better than two. This concept is very easy to sell. They rarely go into the whole clockspeeds and core efficiency rambles we always discuss here because frankly, it would take their whole segment just to get people knowledgeable enough to care.

So, I think AMD's scheme works as AMD really can't lose here (we're talking about botched processors here) but, I think consumers lose because they are getting an inferior product. This is due to common sense tells you its better (3 > 2).

I guess tri-cores is akin to the ####+ moniker of Athlon XP and Athlon 64 series. It is mostly an advertising ploy that's easy to sell and that's all that really matters.

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