The Inq reports that Dell's pricing on AMD boxes is really sweet, so I went and checked it out.
What do you know - they are right!
The AMD based Dimension E521, configured with 1GB dual channel memory, no modem or monitor, and an X2 3800+ comes in at $421
An Intel based Dimension E520, configured with 1GB dual channel memory, no modem or monitor, and an Intel D 805 comes in at $629, with a D 915 at $709, and $829 with a Core 2 Duo E6300
Now... if you take a look at our Core 2 Duo E6300/E6400 Review, our Pentium D 930 Review, and our Pentium D 805 Review you will see the relative performance of these processors... but let me make a small table for you:
|Processor||Price||Bus. Winstone||Cont. Creation||Comment|
|X2 3800+||$421||26.9||34.6||fastest, cheapest|
|D 805||$629||20.5||27.4||worst performing|
|D 915||$709||22.5 *||30.8 *||not great|
*Please note - benchmark results were for a D930 which is 200MHz faster than a D915, so these numbers are high
So basically... you can get almost two decent AM2 X2 3800+ boxes for the price of just one Core 2 Duo E6300 - and the AM2's will be faster for business use.
I know which box I'd buy if I was buying for a business.
Why do I feel an Intel price cut on Core 2 Duo's is in our near future?????