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    GamePC article:Hammer For Enthusiasts : AMD’s Athlon64 FX-51 Processor

    "The Final Word
    AMD’s Athlon64 FX-51 is an extremely impressive processor, and when paired with ECC/Registered DDR-400 memory, this baby just screams performance. While there is technically no real difference between this and the performance of the soon-to-be-released Opteron 148 processor, the Athlon64 FX-51 will remain the processor of choice for gamers, due to its unlocked core multiplier, which allows for incredibly simple overclocking. Of course, to make use of this feature, one has to make sure they have a motherboard which supports multiplier alteration such as the Asus SK8N. The Athlon64 FX-51 will also likely be a bit lower cost compared to the Opteron 148.
    Comparatively, the Athlon64 FX is a bit faster compared to the Pentium 4 3.2 GHz in some of our benchmarks, while still remaining a bit slower in others. The Athlon64 FX-51 shines in terms of gaming, and well, anything which is strenuous in terms of memory bandwidth. On the other hand, the new content creation applications we tested really do seem to benefit from the Pentium 4’s SSE-2 and HyperThreading technologies, allowing them to edge out the Athlon64 FX-51 in performance scores. We have a feeling that Intel is getting a lot of their technologies in the hands of developers, and that is really starting to make a noticeable difference in today's applications.

    Since there is only one processor for the Athlon64 FX family, the FX-51, and as there has no official word on when more will be released, we’ve seen very little motherboard support for this chip. While it will work on pretty much any Opteron-specific platform, it seems a bit silly to buy an Athlon64 FX and an Opteron board (as most Opteron boards have dual CPU sockets). Despite the fact that both the VIA K8T800 and nVidia nForce3 Pro 150 will work with the Athlon64 FX, there are less than a dozen motherboard variants out on the market for this chip, while there are literally hundreds for the 800 MHz FSB Pentium 4.

    Nevertheless, AMD still has a beast of a processor here which will satisfy any gamer. Hopefully we’ll see AMD announce some more models for this family to make this CPU line a bit more attractive. If AMD would release a 1.8 or 1.6 GHz Athlon64 FX-51 models, it would make the platform much more viable. As of now, AMD’s Athlon64 FX-51 is nearly twice as expensive as today’s Pentium 4 3.2 GHz, as Intel has been rapidly slashing prices on their high-end models to make way for their upcoming P4EE models.

    Despite the fact that we think the Athlon64 FX-51 is a better overall processor compared to the Pentium 4 3.2 GHz, having to pay nearly twice as much for it is a bitter pill to swallow. Of course, Intel is no saint when it comes to CPU pricing either, as the upcoming 3.2 GHz Extreme Edition CPU will make the Athlon64 FX-51 look like a bargain.

    If nothing else, at this time, we can certainly say AMD has the fastest gaming processor on the market, which in reality, is why the Athlon64 FX family even came into existence."




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    Despite the fact that we think the Athlon64 FX-51 is a better overall processor compared to the Pentium 4 3.2 GHz, having to pay nearly twice as much for it is a bitter pill to swallow. Of course, Intel is no saint when it comes to CPU pricing either, as the upcoming 3.2 GHz Extreme Edition CPU will make the Athlon64 FX-51 look like a bargain.
    Why pay twice as much?

    I dont see how they can compete with Intel in terms of profit

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