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"Though quad core still isn't heavily supported in games yet it is going to become the norm as dual core has and it will help a lot more to have an extra core than more MHz when it comes to multi-tasking. However, the 8450 at under $150 makes a lot of sense for those looking for a processor in that price range. Intel only has dual cores under the $220 mark and definitely no quad cores under $150 so there it makes more sense giving you an extra core. Though one could make the argument a higher-clocked dual core would be better in most games currently again we believe the trend will be this coming year and especially next year towards quad core support and thus triple cores. Combined with the 780G and you have an excellent value with a machine able to handle a heavy multi-tasking load.
Overall triple core is a good way for AMD to make use of all their dies and any where one core might not be working right or able to keep up with others in clockspeed while creating a new market segment. We believe it's probably worth it to save a few more bucks and go for quad core but if you are on a tight budget it allows one to bump up to three cores from two for a very reasonable price."
"Not only that AMD is not winning in the performance, it also is losing the ground in the power consumption arena as well. To really have some impact against Intel processors, AMD needs to have a faster clock speed but as our overclocking indicates, it seems like current Phenom processors are limited to 2.8 GHz and at this speed with Intel 45nm processors capable of running at 3 GHz and higher, the Phenom X3 sure is facing a stiff competition
That being said, this does not mean that AMD Phenom X3 is a bad processor. In fact, the triple-core Phenom is a nice idea and it is good to see that AMD sticks with the AM2+ socket (at least for now) because it will offer customers with older Athlon64 X2 processor to upgrade to the triple-core version without a major system upgrade. The K10 architecure scales quite well with multiple-cores, consumes less power than the older Athlon 64 X2, and performs better. However, it would be hard to recommend any one who may already have a somewhat new Intel system with C2D (even the older 65nm version) to switch to the triple core simply for the extra core at the moment."
"So then, with the Triple-core processor AMD definitely sufficiently saturated the mainstream processor market. It will be an appealing processor for HTPC builders and gamers on a budget. The next move hopefully will be a broad attack on the high-end segment, it's good to see AMD slowly but steadily crawl back on it's feet after a year they hopefully soon can forget. If anything, we as consumers need a company like AMD to compete with Intel. It's good for product development, evolution and pricing. In the end, everybody benefits from that greatly.
For gamers, HTPC builders, en generic PC users that can't spend more than 160-195 USD on a multi-core processor, the Tri-Core processor actually comes recommended, though I do hope that the prices will come down as little as the difference between the Quad core and Triple core processors is in our opinion very tiny."
"The Phenom X4 was not the answer when we reviewed it and with the X3 effectively a X4-1, the newcomer is not the answer either, at least not at the prices that AMD intends to sell them at, and certainly not against the legion of Intel Core 2 chips at every price point imaginable and almost all of them capable of pushing AMD off the performance charts. Intel is obviously intent on pushing its technological advantage and superior production capabilities, with a recent price cut just days before today's X3 launch. With a quad-core Q6600 dropping to US$224 and the 3.0GHz dual-core E6850 at US$183. More tantalizingly, a new Wolfdale E8300 (2.83GHz) is being introduced at US$163. The Phenom X3 8750 looks to be out of luck even before it's even in retail at its US$195 price point. The only silver lining that we can see for AMD is that the popularity of some of Intel's processors may push up their prices in retail or they could be of limited stock."
"AMD would argue that it isn't solely about the processor, it's also largely about platform. Granted, a system based on the Spider platform may offer more than an equivalent Intel system, and possibly at a lower price too. But, at present, Phenom doesn't offer the processor performance to compare with Intel's counterparts.
The Phenom X3 8750, and X3 series, provides AMD with a much needed successor to the ageing Athlon 64, and is almost comparable in terms of performance to Intel's Core 2 Duo."
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