Head to Head: Athlon 64 X2 3800+ vs. Pentium D 830


Is the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ worthy of its Pentium D opponent?  Not to spoil the surprise, but yes, emphatically yes.

Not only are there significant advantages in single threaded games, but everything from encoding to the multitasking tests put the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ ahead of its Pentium D counterpart. 


Note: The iTunes scores are Encoding Times in Minutes, lower numbers are better.

Although they aren't pictured here (for space reasons), you'll see in the coming pages that there is only one benchmark where Intel ends up ahead.  The Roxio VideoWave test in PCWorld's WorldBench 5 suite completes 6 seconds quicker on the Pentium D 830 than on the Athlon 64 X2 3800+.  That is one loss out of 31 total benchmarks for the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (once again, not all pictured here, but you'll see them on the coming pages). 

The victory is clear and without debate, at the $300 - $400 price point, the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ is the dual core processor to get. 
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  • neogodless - Monday, August 01, 2005 - link

    new comments system seems to hate Firefox

    anyway, all the price links on the article point to the Athlon 64 3800+ rather than the X2...
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  • bersl2 - Monday, August 01, 2005 - link

    It WorksForMe(TM). Reply
  • neogodless - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - link

    Good for you... I simply cannot login/post comments while using firefox. It seems to accept the login, as it doesn't spit back an "invalid" message but shows me the login form again, and no links to "post" or "reply". Probably just a cookie issue but I tried turning my security down a little and it still didn't work... is Anandtech requiring a 3rd party cookie to be set just to post comments... ? Reply
  • neogodless - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - link

    Dang it...

    For a short while a month or so back, I was "approving" each cookie individually, and anandtech insisted on planting a cookie until I said "block site completely" - forgot about that until today. Finally able to post in Firefox now!
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  • Staples - Monday, August 01, 2005 - link

    It is an eyesore regardless. I am using FF and I have not tried it in IE. Reply
  • SpaceRanger - Monday, August 01, 2005 - link

    Excellent Article. I'm glad that AMD is coming out with more affordable Dual-Core solutions. Reply
  • Marlin1975 - Monday, August 01, 2005 - link

    To bad the 2 people listed for having "availability" in this peice are already marking them OVER retail price. Let the price gouging start... :( Reply
  • blkrde - Monday, August 01, 2005 - link

    Lets hope the prices come down soon. I need one of these in my new build. Reply
  • neogodless - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - link

    Yeah I haven't upgraded my motherboard/CPU combo in 20 whole months!!

    Still stuck with a 754 Athlon 64 3000+

    I figure the 3800+ is like two of those :)

    And like two of those... it'll only increase performance for multi-tasking... but it's already plenty for all the single tasks I have.

    Now I paid $215 then... so I guess $430 would be fair for one of these...
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