AMD's Athlon 64 FX-57 processor

The baddest one-cylinder engine ever
— 12:00 AM on June 27, 2005

IT MAY BE AMONG the last of a dying breed. The Athlon 64 FX-57 is AMD's latest and greatest single-core enthusiast-oriented CPU, a 200MHz clock speed bump in an era when such an increase is becoming more of a rarity than a regular event. This single-core monster runs at 2.8GHz, which is awfully fast in the world of AMD K8 processors. It also packs a handful of revisions that make it more potent, clock for clock, than its predecessor, the FX-55.

The question is: does this chip, which may have the single fastest x86 CPU core ever, have any appeal compared to the slick new dual-core processors from AMD and Intel? We've compared it against a dozen competitors in order to find out.

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