Intel’s recent introduction of the Pentium Extreme Edition 955 has boosted Intel’s reputation in the marketplace. This is due, in part, to the chip giant’s new 65 nm process, which has helped to set a new performance threshold. However, Intel has only had a few days to bask in its glory: AMD’s dual-core Athlon 64 X2 5200+, which is also AMD’s last Socket 939 device, bests almost all of Intel’s performance superlative claims, according to our benchmarks. The Athlon 64 FX-60 features include the integration of two processor cores into a single die, each of which has a 1 MB L2-cache, and a 2.6 GHz clock speed.
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