Mar 22, 2006

Intel’s latest big chip, the Pentium Extreme Edition 965, costs just over a thousand dollars and yet it still looses out to the AMD’s not-quite-top-of-their-line Athlon 64 X2 4800+ which can be had for around $650 (the Athlon 64 FX-60 is their range-topper).  The biggest discrepencies are seen in gaming benchmarks, which is particularly sad because gamers are the biggest market for such hugely expensive chips.

In short, Intel’s NetBurst architecture still sucks; for their sake, I hope Core is as fast as they purport.  Until then, as the state has been for the past few years, buy AMD.