As we've seen in our review of the Core 2 lineup, these new CPUs pretty much unequivocally outclass the competition in both raw performance and power consumption. They're rather affordable for new introductions, too. The original Pentium 4 1.4GHz started at $644 and required expensive Rambus memory, and the original Athlon 64 3200+ launched at $417. The Core 2 Duo line, meanwhile, starts at a recommended price of just $183. Add in relatively affordable DDR2 memory and some nice motherboard choices at around $150, and the Core 2 Duo is a very exciting choice indeed for early adopters.
Intel's new hotness hasn't left AMD entirely in the dust, though. The Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2, and Sempron lines have recently been subjected to massive price cuts make them more affordable than ever before. With those price cuts and the new Core 2 chips in mind, we've decided to roll out a brand-spanking-new system guide—now sponsored by Newegg—to give you guidance in scratching the early adopter's itch.
|Wanted for review: AMD's Radeon R9 Nano||74|
|ZenWatch 2 runs Android Wear Asus-style||3|
|Asus previews ROG Swift PG348Q and PG279Q G-Sync monitors||11|
|MSI's Z170A Gaming M5 motherboard reviewed||3|
|Qualcomm debuts Kryo custom CPU for the Snapdragon 820||21|
|MSI's H170 and B150 mobos bring Skylake to the gaming masses||1|
|Phone screens make the leap to 4K with Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium||22|
|Acer Predator laptops stay cool under fire with Skylake||28|
|Satellite Radius 12 notebook packs a color-correct 4K screen||3|