AMD 5600+ vs. Intel E6420 Showdown
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
It is a well-known fact that Core 2 processors are the current sweethearts of the enthusiast community, largely due to their unprecedented overclocking headroom. However, what about for those who choose not to overclock? In this scenario, the performance gap shrinks dramatically, and the AMD route becomes very appealing indeed. Techware Labs has just posted a comparison between the AMD 5600+ and the Intel E6420.
Lets see what they had to say:
These two processors are very powerful and trying to pick between them is a very hard choice for any consumer. If we look at the facts we have seen on the benchmarks the AMD 5600+ has achieves a better overall score consistently than does the Intel. While the Intel E6420 did do better when overclocked most consumers of OEM or prebuilt machines as well as many DIY builders are not interested in overclocking as most of these modern machines are plenty powerful in stock condition. For the average consumer, we would have to say that the AMD 5600+ is a better choice- the speeds are phenomenal and there is no reason that a person should need anything more.
When it comes to stock performance and bang-for-the-buck, AMDs Athlon 64 X2 AM2 processors are surprisingly impressive, particularly the Windsor cores with 1MB of L2 cache. If you are interested in going the AMD route, I highly recommend you pick up one of these Windsor chips, and quickly, since they are being replaced by 65nm Brisbane cores, which only have 512KB of L2 cache.
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