The Final Word
It shouldn’t come to a surprise to anyone at this point, but we’ll simply go ahead and say it. Intel’s Core 2 Extreme X6800 is the fastest desktop processor available today, bar none. The X6800 beats AMD’s top of the line FX-62 processor in every CPU benchmark, even when the FX-62 is running at overclocked speeds. In order to truly compete with the X6800, AMD would have to put out dual-core chips in the 3.6 – 4.0 GHz range, as Intel’s performance per clock is quite a lot better compared to the Athlon64 X2 product line. With AMD’s current manufacturing process technology, these kinds of clock speeds aren’t going to come about any time soon, which means Intel will likely hold the performance crown for the foreseeable future. It’s looking more and more like quad-core technology will be the savior of AMD on the desktop. However, if rumors are correct, Intel may even beat AMD to bring this technology to market as well.
Source:Pushing Conroe Further : Intel’s Core 2 Extreme X6800