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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  • masher - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - link

    OMG OMG! CONSPIRACY! INTEL IS PAYING OFF TOMS! Reply
  • Staples - Monday, August 01, 2005 - link

    Seems video games are only benifiting from raw clock speed. The 2.4 single core A64 outperforms the X2 3800 every step of the way. I will be getting one when there is an X2 2.4GHz that isn't $1000. Reply
  • DigitalDivine - Monday, August 01, 2005 - link

    man, i wish amd would make a 2Ghz 256K (512k total) dual core proc.

    i mean, think about it.... l2 cache sizes for the athlon doesn't really dent performance (as seen in sempron's performance); it's cheaper for amd to produce and more economical to run/ power.
    Reply
  • NullSubroutine - Monday, August 01, 2005 - link

    I dont know if it was includedin the AMD single vs Dual core comparsion, but I would have liked to have seen comparison of 3000+ (newcastle 2.0ghz, 512k cache...hmm i guess thats 754, what they got thats similar on 939, is that the 3200 they talked about?) vs the new 3800 x2, I could go look at old benchmarks, however sometimes they arent similar enough systesm (sometimes diffrent video, hd, benchmark settings). Reply
  • Hacp - Monday, August 01, 2005 - link

    Intel's next move should be to discount the 820 to 200 and the 830 to 275. That way, it can still stay competative with AMD in terms of Price/performance. Reply
  • Zebo - Monday, August 01, 2005 - link

    "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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    No offense Anand, but the 3800+ would have bent an $1100 840XE too but I guess you did'nt want to embaress Intel like that.;) Making 3800+ at any price point the 3800+ is the dual core processor to get. Just look in your forums -- people arn't buying the PentiumD's even at thier rock bottom discount prices. I've counted 44 X2's and one 820D and this is at the >$500 price points of 4200 and above!!! I expect 3800+ to literally explode in sales.
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  • masher - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - link

    > "Just look in your forums -- people arn't buying the PentiumD's even at thier rock bottom discount prices"
    Lol, what world are you living in? Intel is forecasting 2 million Pentium Ds shipped by the end of the year...the lowest independent forecasts are 500,000+ by year-end. Thats a lot more than the A64 X2 is going to sell this year.

    > "but the 3800+ would have bent an $1100 840XE too but I guess you did'nt want to embaress Intel like that.;) "

    Put down the crack pipe and step away from the keyboard.
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  • Zebo - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - link

    uh huh..
    http://techreport.com/reviews/2005q2/athlon64-x2/i...">http://techreport.com/reviews/2005q2/athlon64-x2/i...

    Ouch! The $350 3800+ beats the $1100 840XE in 12/20 apps..How embarressing is that?

    Don't even doubt me you just look stupid.
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  • masher - Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - link

    > "Don't even doubt me you just look stupid. "

    God, the idiots really come out at night. The report you linked to is from May...the "3800" those benchmarks were run on isn't even the dual core X2...its the 2.4 GHZ single-core chip.

    Thanks for a good laugh....feel free to keep posting.
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  • DXM - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 - link

    I believe he meant to post this review showing the X2 3800 matching or besting the XE840 in all but a handful of tests:

    http://techreport.com/reviews/2005q3/athlon64-x2-3...">http://techreport.com/reviews/2005q3/athlon64-x2-3...

    Aside from the snide comments, the gist of his assertion still stands.
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