Sunday, July 20, 2008

AMD Phenom 8750 Triple-Core CPU Review

In the ongoing CPU war, which Intel is currently dominating, AMD has taken a unique approach to try to grab the midrange market: CPUs with not two, not four, but three cores. These triple-core Phenoms, such as the 8750 being reviewed herein, are affordable and theoretically more powerful than a dual-core CPU.

It's also a way for AMD to make use of quad core CPUs in which all four cores may not pass testing. They can still sell them as triple core CPUs. The actual die is the same as the Phenom quad core CPUs, only with one core disabled.

The question is, while they look great on paper, how do they do in real-life computing and gaming?

The Phenom 8750's street price is about the same as the popular Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, meaning that if you do a cursory search on, say, Google Product Search (aka Froogle), you'll find the two CPUs similarly priced around $200 for a retail kit.

There's nothing like a good shoot-out, so the examination of Phenom 8750 triple-core against a Core 2 Duo E8400 to see if, at a similar price, three cores are better than two. Fortunately for AMD, the results are actually promising for the oddly equipped CPU.

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