So far, everyone, pick on a paticular aspect of each CPU. No one has really completely look everything in an integrated manner. SUch as the price, performace, investment, tehcnnical excel., etc..
For the fanboys, both AMD & Intel, shut the F*(< UP.
AS someone has stated, read as many reviews. I am pretty sure every sites, indirectly did some tweaking to their testing software, or the actual software has been optimised to either CPU.
Also, if I remember correcly, didn't AMD 1st reach 1Ghz? AND that send Intel into a panic mode? Same thing as now. EE is a mean to steal the show. And Yes, AMD64 did the same thing to INtel (Someone pointed in another thread, something to that effect). Did either company pay some of u guys to start a "war" here?
WHat is really interesting to specualte though, is how the price will be next year, when the 939 and Prescott come out.
Will it be something like XP2500+ compared to 2.4GHZ FSB800?
Man, I WOULD LOVE THAT!
System Integration...yeah right, thanks to marketing, more confusion
Well, they have prices for the A64, in all flavors. From about $400 for the A64-3200 to almost $800 for the A64-FX. The mobos are another thing, with them ranging as well, from under $100 to over $200, with memory being priced differently as well, for non-ECC to registered ECC.
If you do some research, you'll see (using Newegg pricing) that a A64-3200 setup costs:
Asus Motherboard for AMD Athlon 64 Processors, Model# K8V Deluxe - RETAIL
N82E16813131473 $158.00 $158.00
GEIL DDR RAM 512MB PC-3200 Value 400MHz Ultra- CAS 2.5, 2T N82E16820144305 $85.00 $170.00
Subtotal » $781.00
The A64-FX setup costs:
Asus Motherboard for Opteron 200 Processors Model SK8N Retail
N82E16813131465 $224.99 $224.99
AMD Athlon 64 FX51, ,ADAFX51CEP5AK
ClawHammer (940-pins) 1MB L2 Cache, 130 nm, The ONLY Windows Compatible 64-bit Pc Processor,
OEM (Processor Only) more info-> N82E16819103414 $765.00 $765.00
CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Series Model CMX512RE-3200LL
Registered memory with Error Correction for ultimate reliability
100% tested at 200 MHz in Athlon 64 FX motherboards
N82E16820145462 $166.00 $332.00
Subtotal » $1,321.99 (note: the mobo used was the only Socket 940 at Newegg)
A P4 3.0GHz setup:
ASUS Motherboard for Intel Pentium 4 / Celeron Processors, 800Mhz FSB Model# P4C800 DELUXE Retail w/ ASUS AI Features $178.99 $178.99
Just get watever works for YOU. The benches will say that intel smokes amd but intel has locked the market on support for their products hardware and software alike. Software out there is mostly designed for the intell chips.