Pentium D 820 vs. Athlon64 X2 4400+ Overclocking @ TechSpot

By on March 29, 2006, 3:43 PM
For the past few months I have been considering the idea of building a dual-core system, primarily for gaming. Although dual-core processors have not shown any real benefits over single-core in gaming applications, this should change in the near future. As drivers and games become better optimized to use multiple cores, the huge improvements we are all waiting for should follow.

All of my previous gaming computers have been overclocked for maximum performance, not to mention high anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering settings become addictive after a while. However using these in the latest most demanding games can be quite the frame rate killer. Therefore when migrating to a dual-core configuration I wanted a processor that would give me the best bang for my buck, this is an article for those looking at using either an AMD or Intel dual-core processor in a gaming machine that will be overclocked.

Read the complete article here.

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Mictlantecuhtli said:
I wonder how S939 Opteron 165-180 would have managed, as they're said to be excellent for overclocking.
smtkr said:
And to think, I just sold my Pentium D 830.
mirob said:
Look like this review?[url]
[/url]The Pentium D805 is the bang-for-buck winner. It would be funny to see a 165 vs 920 overclocking review. Intel the price leader?
Julio said:
I have fixed the link for Reading/Posting article comments. It should now get you to this page, sorry for the inconvenience.As for Legion's article, this is an authorized reprint from them, although it's been brought up to date and edited a little bit.
crossfire851 said:
Julio, I have to say your comparison charts were very nice.
Darkevil said:
How come AMD's FSB raised was raised do 300 (11 multip) and just ock'd to 2.7GHz!?!?!? OMG, That changes it all!!!!!!! You AMD haters!!!!
crossfire851 said:
They should have maxed it out on both. But still I like the looks on the pd.
Julio said:
I'm sorry for that, definitely a typo. The max we could get from the 4400+ was indeed 2.7GHz.
mentaljedi said:
Ouch! I thought Intel wasn't going to lead us into the duel-core but it seems AMD has just too high prices. Hmmmm... AMD better figure out what is making such a high price difference.
seanp789 said:
[b]Originally posted by Mictlantecuhtli:[/b][quote]I wonder how S939 Opteron 165-180 would have managed, as they're said to be excellent for overclocking.[/quote]Opteron 165 will hit the 2.7-3.0 range depending on your setup. The opteron 170 is identical but teh 10x multipler makes it easier for your motherboard to clock the FSB to reach those speeds.Opterons 1XXX are cheaper than the X2 series.I'm happy to see a true enthusiast article back on TS:)
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