Affordable Dual Core from AMD: Athlon 64 X2 3800+by Anand Lal Shimpi on August 1, 2005 9:36 AM EST
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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.