Cheap Chip! Athlon II X4 Breaks the $100 Quad-Core Barrier

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Caramoore

I guess I'm an AMD fanboy. What ever. I have not built an Intel based system for me or a customer, unless a customer asked for it, since the Slot one PIII 800 mhz. Not because AMD is the better chip but because for the money I think they are better. Intel does make some great cpus I'm just partial to the underdog I guess.

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010000100110010...

My neighbor wants me to build them a cheap $599 computer. I'd use the i5 as my processor, and skimp on the GPU and get a 4770, but they game a lot. COD 5, HAWX, that kind of stuff. I guess I'll get them this as the processor and get a 4870 as my GPU. It's hard to build the best computer when you only have a $600 budget. 

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burntjuggalas

They are comparing the Athlon vs the core 2 and only using the i5 as a comparison. the Black procs are whats being pitted against eachother. the i5 wipes the other 2 on the floor.

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LatiosXT

I don't like the color scheme of the benchmark scores. I'm finding it hard to pick out the best scores (which I know are bolded).

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sybert

The best scores are in red.

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SuperiorBeing

You should just change the colour of the cells, to yellow or orange, or something to make it apparent at a glance which chip has more wins.

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charcaroth

Gordon,

thanks for finally giving some creedence to AMD's strategy and engineering.  I think that's the first nice thing I've read that you've written on AMD since the slot A Thunderbird.  Everyone's fighting to survive in this economy.  Without AMD's pressure, how much do you think you or OEMs would be paying for that i5 processor?   I say keep the competition healthy, even if you disagree with their marketing.  

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Nipyf2

since this is an amd review can we use an amd gpu

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Nipyf2

On air a lot of people are getting 3.5ghz+...  that's amazing for a $100 cpu.

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mikegranger

I agree, the speed is very good and i am amazed to see how cheap processors are today. I remember my first "gaming" machine costing more than 2000$ and only able to play adventure games. Even if i loved these games, it's amazing how much computers improved in 10-15 years. Now if we can get rid of the 30sec-1min. boot time ;)

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StonedMagician99

Nice. Respectable performance for less than $100.

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Xylogeist

Nice, definitely trying this out for one of my clients- allways good to hear from AMD, they really deserve more credit, they can build better CPU's than Intel but instead they build ones that are as powerful but harder to maintain but are super cheap! Lovin it :)

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LGA1156

i3 is comming, what will be amds trick then, free cpus?

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TechJunkie

Nice to read something fairly positive about AMD no matter what it is. Thanks MPC!

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Mr_Gone

because ive been lookin to upgrade from a dell dimension for awhile

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sinan

Nice to see AMD still has a pulse

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yourfriendlane

HOW UNFAIR WHERE IS THE INTEL COVERAGE BIAS FANBOYS WAH WAH WAH

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TechJunkie

you sound so freakin stupid....

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LGA1156

i5 750? wheres the editors?

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johnny3144

what do you mean? what's wrong with i5-750?

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sinan

The article calls it "i7-750" in the comparison.

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johnny3144

oh i see. well, we are all human

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nmanguy

Pretty amazing for $99, but those Crysis, RE5 and WiC benches make me wonder if it's really worth the $100 discount. Then again, it's copeting against procs that cost 50%+ more. I would like to see how it compares to similarly priced cpus like the X2 545 dual core, x3 720 and the E7400. Obiously, having more cores it would do better in a lot of test, since there are almost no quad core copetitors at the $100 point, but still...

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quantumnerd

The i7-750 got a score of 1337 in the top benchmark!

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sinan

LOL!

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