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AMD Athlon 64 Performance Computing - The heat is on!

By: Shawn Baker | AMD CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 23, 2003 5:00 am



Everything about this PC is fast and all the components we used in it are the kind that would receive our Must Have Editor's Choice award as for each being right at the top of their various fields. For this reason we don't have any trouble recommending any of these products to you, what-so-ever.


An article like this gives you a chance to see what is good for an AMD Athlon 64 system in a few aspects and if it wasn't for such companies as VIA, Maxtor, ABIT, ATI, AMD and ThermalTake, the enthusiast community wouldn't be what it is today and we wouldn't be anxiously waiting for games such as Half Life 2 and Doom III.


With all the talk about cheating in benchmarks, some people forget what the true hardcore enthusiast wants out of their computer. It all comes down to pure speed. Speed is measured in different ways by different people: how fast they can rip a DVD (for back up purposes, of course), how many 3DMarks they get or how many frames per second they can get in particular games.


If you have the money for a system that is super fast, we highly recommend everything used here today. It is able to put a similar based Intel Pentium 4 "Northwood" C system back in its place with no real hassles at all. And then moving to a 64-bit operating system will only help harness the performance available to the system. Now the question which is surely plaguing your mind - how long will it be the fastest for? We don't know. Probably like most things...not too long. The Prescott core isn't too far away and early speculation says that the new processors from Intel are going to be very fast, maybe capable of giving AMD a real run for their 64-bit marinated money.


An excellent PC that comes at a high price tag - some say this is ridiculous while others say, "Where do I sign my personal loan?" Get amongst it! AMD have the performance crown right now and things will only get better once the 64-bit architecture can really be taken advantage of with mass supported software, other than Linux-based.


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