Performance: Phenom X3 8750 Only 4% Slower Than The 6400+
The Phenom X3 8750 with 2.40 GHz does very well up against the traditional Athlon 64 X2 6000+ and 6400+.
Although the X2 8750 clocks at a rate of 800 MHz less than the Athlon 64 X2 6400+, it is on average only 4% slower. But the third core means that the Phenom X3 is the clear winner for video and 3D rendering tasks.
Compared to the Athlon 64 X2 6000+, the clocking difference is 600 MHz, but the Phenom X3 8750 is 2.8% faster in the course of benchmark tests.
The Phenom X3 8750 is, however, considerably more expensive than the Athlon 64 X2 6400+ and 6000+.
I still have faith the tide can always be turned, something you thought impossible with Pentium D vs AMD 64 X2. So it can happen again, if not I think we should make the EU take money from intel and give to AMD :P
Intel's interim solution was the Pentium D, which was basically taking two P4 and placing them on a chip. It didn't match AMD's performance, but it kept them in the hunt. AMD's response to conroe should have been the same; take two shrunken k8+x2 and place on a die. In this fashion they could have created some distance so that they could have come to a proactive solution to Intel's salvo.
Got this from AnandTech:
AMD doesn't have the resources to spin a dual-core Phenom die, so what better way of repurposing the quad-core die (especially if one core is defective) than to make a Phenom chip with less than four cores. Sure it's not the most efficient way to manufacture, but AMD doesn't have the luxury of producing a number of different Phenom die at this point. The triple-core Phenom strategy makes perfect sense if you're AMD, the question is: does it make sense if you're an end user?
I think you mean to say the small Phenom X3 model, the 8450.
I'd like to see the sony 'core' put into action other than yellow dogs lunix or Mercury's blader...sweeeet. They have six unit ps3's making 1 tflop @ 19k! :}