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What do all you hardware mavens think of the lately-introduced AMD Athlon FX-60? How does it stack up against the dual-core AMD Athlon FX X2? I have not yet read up on all the spec sheets, nor researched the benchmarks, but I thought I'd get the word on the street, first.

Tom's Hardware recently ran this 10 Jan 2006 article on the FX-60, but then moved on in this article to the AMD Socket AM2 that is suppose to replace the Socket 939 motherboards.

For reference, here is a list of AMD processors.

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Banazir

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dankamongmen
Mar. 6th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
How does it stack up
That all, of course, depends on how you intend to use it, and where your bottlenecks lie -- but you knew that :D.

What area of performance would you like to know about?
banazir
Mar. 7th, 2006 10:43 am (UTC)
Re: How does it stack up
Well, of course, yes. Here are my primary applications:

1. Probabilitic inference. This is actually not all floating point, as a lot of things are graph operations or use log probs. A wide, fast data bus is more important.
2. Numerical learning algorithms. A lot of these are floating point intensive.
3. Compilation. Building, building, building, keep them apps-a building...
4. Multimedia and graphics. This thing has to be a monster on rendering. Frame rates, not so much, but crunching RIB files, yes. Batch mode.
5. Mundanities. Photoshop CS2, Dreamweaver 8, and I tend to open 20-25 tabs apiece in browsers (currently Firefox and Mozilla, no IE7).

Oh, and I'll be running Windows Vista Ultimate on this, of course. Possibly dual-booting if it makes good sense to.

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Banazir
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