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AMD’s new entry-level quad-core delivers good performance, but it only beats the Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 and the dual-cores in 3DMark’s CPU test.
Intel’s Core 2 architecture delivers more performance per clock in Far Cry. Even the Phenom II X2 550 can beat the new quad-core thanks to its faster clock speed. However, the gap isn’t too large.
AMD’s Athlon II X4 620 is a match for the Core 2 Quad Q8200 in GTA IV. This game title benefits from quad-core processors more than from fast clock speeds.
Left 4 Dead is sensitive to clock speed, hence the other processors are faster.