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Conclusion: AMD On Course

The Athlon 64 FX Overclocked to 3 GHz
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AMD's numbers for the second quarter were better than many analysts had forecasted: $1.262 billion in revenues and a net profit of $32 million dollars. While these numbers pale in comparison to Intel's second-quarter revenues of $9.2 billion and profits of $2 billion, AMD is showing a lot of promise these days. The product range for its processors is stronger than ever and the roadmap is rock solid, too.

The question also arises as to how the litigation brought by AMD against Intel (unfair trading practices) will turn out. Depending on the viewpoint, it could give AMD its breakthrough and/or seal the chipmaker's fate.

That said, we want to end our conclusion with the sort of technical assessment you expect from us. Even at 3.0 GHz the end of the former Socket 939 is nowhere in sight. Although heat buildup and energy needs will continue to mount, an efficient cooler should be able to master the situation.

The performance clocked at 3 GHz is far and away very high and eclipses a Pentium 4 660 in most benchmarks. The 3.8 GHz Pentium 4 670 may well have proved a match for it, but unfortunately our device is currently being used to update our CPU charts . In the meantime, it will still be a few more months before the Athlon 64 FX-59 becomes available.

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