This combination makes the Core Duo Intel's most attractive processor for PC enthusiasts, and that proposition could become downright irresistible if Asus or somebody else can deliver a mobo and BIOS with the kind of tweaking options PC enthusiasts have come to expect. The T2600 can't quite take the overall performance crown from the likes of the Athlon 64 FX-60 or the X2 4800+, but jeez, it's startlingly close. If we could get the Core Duo overclocked reasonably well, it might just be able to make a run at the title of the fastest x86-compatible CPUor at least grab a share of that title.
As it stands, the Core Duo is an excellent choice for a quiet desktop PC or a silent gaming rig, and it's perfect for a home theater PC, where the 64-bit memory space issue isn't likely to rear its ugly head for at least several years. Were it not for the fact that Core Duo can't handle 64-bit addressing, I'd say Intel should transition its desktop and server product lines to this microarchitecture right now rather than waiting for Conroe, Merom, and Woodcrest.
Macophiles have to be reading these words with a certain glee, given that Apple has already transitioned several of its products to Core Duo, including the iMac. They should be pleased with the performance and power efficiency of Apple's new chosen engineor at least they should once universal binaries are widely available. They've gotta be thinking that the severe case of whiplash from the "Intel sucks"-"Intel rules" about-face was worth it. The Pentium Extreme Edition scores in this review even gives them plausible cover for the dissonance. I'm happy for them.
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