I am an e7200 fanboy. I love my e7200, see sig. At 3.8G it is giving me awesome numbers. ~17,000 3dmark06, 120fps cod4 max setting.
nothing i've done has pushed it. I must admit, i game mostly. I don't do much video and very little graphics. I do some photo editing and ripping/burning mp3s to CDs. I can burn a full music cd in minutes.
The phenom may hold the edge in multitasking, but i would put my money on the e7200 overall. It is a work horse.
How does that phenom OC? If it can hit 2.8G-3.0G with 3 cores, it would be tough to beat.
I heard you can take the E7200 to 3.16 GHz with 1333 FSB with the stock factory Heatsink and fan. I have E7200 on the way to my house now but I haven't tried it yet. Has anyone out there actually seen or done any over clocking on a E7200 with factory heatsink/fan that can vouch for this?
The E7200 overclocks well and is about 10% less performance than a similiarly clocked E8x00. Since the E8x00 is currently the best option for dual core applications that says a lot. $/perfomancewise it would be my choice for anyone on a budget.
Here is a review:
The more cores the better, if you're multi-tasking that heavily. Get yourself a Q6600. If that's too expensive, I'd prefer the X3 to the dual-core. It really depends on what you do. If it's just for gaming, the dual-core is just fine too.