At 3GHz the memory controller is faster in the AMD X2 processor.
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Finally, a test with Cinebench R10 which shows what the processor can be used for. A workstation for CAD work would benefit greatly from this processor.
I included a screendump from the Cinebench test so that you can see for yourselves how the multi core load gets things fired up. 67 degrees Celsius was the maximum temperature at stock.
CONCLUSION: The success of the 9850 processor depends greatly on its price range. Phenom 9750 is priced at around 1.500DKK, a quick check on edbpriser.dk reveals (as of this writing). Therefore, my guess is that the price will be slightly under 2.000DKK, which is a quite tolerable range. An even lower price is thinkable in the future, as Intel keeps lowering their prices.
Eventually, as games and programs make use of Dual or Quad Core processors, it is more and more sensible to invest in one. In not too long, we will be overflowed with HD film clips etc. which would take days to encode/decode, unless one possesses a system containing quite some horsepower underneath the hood.
Phenom is a reasonable suggestion of an alternative to Intel’s Q6600/Q9300, not the least because of the expected release price of 2.000DKK and the options with the unlocked multiplier – not to mention the brag-factor.
- Decent overclock (3GHz should be attainable) - No TLB error - Unlocked multiplier - Estimated price of around 2.000DKK
- Q6600 for pretty much the same price - Requires serious cooling