CPU: Performance/Cost ratio

Thanks to TG daily (Tom’s Hardware) we have a clearer view of the performance/cost ratio of dual-core processors these days (after the arrival of the cost cuts both from AMD and Intel).

Dual core CPU performance/cost ratios
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Things get clearer now. It becomes quite obvious that the old Pentium EE is completely out of the game today.

In the entry market (less than 200$), it is clear that the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ and Athlon 64 X2 4200+ are really alone in front of the ageing Pentium D offer. But, around 250$, the Core 2 Duo E6400 from Intel are nicely set to attack the Athlon 64 X2 4600+ from AMD.

Finally, when looking at 350$ or more, there are only the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme from Intel left with a good performance/price ratio (but the cost is so prohibitive for a mere CPU that I wonder who’s really buying at this price point – at least, I don’t know any real buyer here ; You can tell me).

The rest of the information is available from the original article at TG daily.