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The Pentium D: Intel's Dual Core Silver Bullet Previewed
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We compressed a specific number of files with WinRAR. The first run featured the compression only, while the second included an Xvid video encoding in the background and the third run had 3D Studio MAX 7 rendering the dragon scene. Xvid encoding does not run thread-optimized, while 3D Studio does.

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    DaveF1953 , March 20, 2009 8:01 PM
    How much can the Extreme Edition be had for now? $40? Sounds like a deal to me. Although, older, hotter, and slower in the long run. Best bet now. No?
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    wild9 , April 24, 2009 10:35 AM
    I'd just go AMD or Core 2, the former having a much lower power draw and great overclocking potential than what you have here. My relative used to run Intel Extreme Editions like this, and the power draw was immense, he had to use water cooling. In the end he ditched it and got AMD. Not trying to say one is better than the other all the time (ie for media encoding the Intel was great), just some ideas to consider. Cheap dual-core AMD's based on AM2 are hard to beat at the moment.