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AMD A8-3850 Reviewed on June 30, 2011 Check prices
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AMD A8-3850
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 3 reviews

The Bottom Line: We recommend the AMD A8-3850 to mainstream desktop PC users in search of capable gaming power and multithreaded application performance. Read review

Specs: AMD, A series A8-3850

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Reviewed on June 1, 2006 Check prices
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 7 reviews

The Bottom Line: AMD's new high-end dual-core CPU offers plenty of bang for the buck, outpacing Intel's Pentium 965 Extreme Edition, which costs $200 more. Sounds like a good deal, but wait to see what Intel's next-gen Core 2 Duo chips have to offer when they debut later this year. Read review

Specs: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Energy Efficient

Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 Reviewed on July 14, 2006 Check prices
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Intel Core 2 Duo E6700
  • CNET Editor rating:
    Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
      Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 27 reviews

The Bottom Line: Intel's Core 2 Duo E6700 offers the best price-to-performance ratio we've seen in a desktop chip. For half the cost of AMD's top-of-the-line chip, you get identical if not superior performance and better power efficiency. AMD surprised us last year with its completely dominant dual-core chips, but Intel regains the crown with Core 2 Duo. Read review

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700

AMD Sempron 2800+ / 1.6 GHz processor

Specs: AMD Sempron 2800+

Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition Reviewed on November 3, 2008 Check prices
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Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition
  • CNET Editor rating:
    Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 13 reviews

The Bottom Line: Thanks to an expensive new motherboard requirement, Intel's new Core i7 desktop processors will remain enthusiast and professional-level parts until more affordable complementary hardware comes out later next year. Speed never comes cheap, however, and if you're willing to spend for it now, you'll find yourself in possession of the fastest CPU on the market. Read review

Specs: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition i7-965

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 / 2.4 GHz processor
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 5.0 stars out of 8 reviews

Specs: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600

Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 / 2.93 GHz processor
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 6 reviews

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo E7500

AMD Phenom X4 9850 (2.5GHz) Reviewed on March 27, 2008 Check prices
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AMD Phenom X4 9850 (2.5GHz)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.0 stars Good
      Overall score: 6.7 (3.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 8 reviews

The Bottom Line: AMD's new Phenom X4 9850 is overpriced and outclassed compared with its Intel-based quad-core competition. If PC vendors can use this chip to make cheap systems (as they did with older Phenoms), we might have nicer things to say, but as a DIY part at this price, we can't recommend AMD's latest quad-core CPU. Read review

Specs: AMD Phenom X4 9850

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ / 2.2 GHz processor

Specs: AMD Athlon 64 3500+

AMD Sempron 145 / 2.8 GHz processor

Specs: AMD Sempron 145

Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 (2.2GHz)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 2 reviews

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo E4500

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Reviewed on July 14, 2006 Check prices
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Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews

The Bottom Line: Intel's Core 2 Duo line marks the end of AMD's run of dominance through the dual-core desktop-processor landscape. Not only are Intel's new chips fast, efficient, and well designed, but they're also aggressively priced and sure to send ripples though the desktop PC industry. If you are buying or building a new computer, we recommend that a Core 2 Duo chip be at its center. Read review

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400

AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology TL-60 / 2 GHz processor ( mobile )
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 3 reviews

Specs: AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology TL-60

Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 (2.33GHz)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 1 review

Specs: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 3 reviews

Specs: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+

Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 Reviewed on July 14, 2006 Check prices
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Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews

The Bottom Line: AMD's Athlon 64 FX line has worn the desktop CPU performance crown for over a year. The king is dead. Intel's new flagship Core 2 Extreme X6800 not only hands AMD a defeat on all of our benchmarks, but it's also a more efficient, better designed chip overall. Read review

Specs: Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 Reviewed on July 17, 2007 Check prices
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 1 review

The Bottom Line: The quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6850 keeps the desktop CPU performance belt tied firmly around Intel's waist at a price that helps offset the lack of sizable performance gains. New products at the end of the year may outclass this new chip when they arrive, but for now, the QX6850 reigns supreme. Read review

Specs: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Reviewed on October 29, 2007 Check prices
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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650

The Bottom Line: The CPU market is due for a lot of upheaval over the next 12 months, so you might be wise to wait for a clearer picture before plunking down $1,000 or so on Intel's new Core 2 Extreme QX9650 quad-core desktop processor. But if you want to claim ownership of the fastest multicore CPU around today, look no further. Read review

Specs: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650

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