Then we have the whole dual-core thing to consider. AMD considers that gamers want an FX as it is as fast as heck while regular desktop users should be heading down the dual core route for multi-tasking. You can see the logic; gamers have one task viz their game and the rest of us have many tasks. Well Riyad and I disagree strongly with AMD on this one and here’s why. Everyone who is even vaguely considering the purchase of an FX processor will have Broadband so they should also be running antivirus software and will probably have a Firewall running, although that may be handled by a router in hardware. If you don’t have Broadband but instead are running an FX on 56Kb dial-up then we want to hear from you, just so we can poke fun and be rude.
So you’ve got antivirus software running and you’re playing a game, perhaps in single player or perhaps on-line. That’s two tasks and possibly three, and we’re not counting all of the software on your PC that habitually checks back to the mothership for updates. So what you want isn’t an FX-57. Oh no, you want the cheaper, better alternative of the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ which is a mere £752 inc VAT. Technically it’s a slower processor but in the real world the X2 will deliver better performance that won’t leave you shrieking in frustration when one core is hammering away at 100%.
We like the FX-57, really we do, but we wouldn’t buy one because a) it’s insanely expensive and b) we’ve been converted to the true way of the dual-core processor.