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It’s been a few weeks now since we took our first look at a dual core processor in Intel’s Extreme Edition 840. We found that in the case of multi-threaded applications, these new dual core solutions will provide a very nice performance boost. The problem with the Extreme Edition 840, however, was that for the price and current application selection, it simply wasn’t a logical solution for the standard user. Why throw down so much money on a processor that has little software support for the main futures, 64-bit processing, and dual cores. Intel’s answer to this is the standard Pentium D series which we’ll be examining today.
The Pentium D attacks the dual core market on one important front, the one usually occupied by AMD, affordability. When AMD debuted their X2 series of processors, it didn’t make too many new friends other that the solid AMD enthusiast base due to the costs. Intel debuted the Pentium D’s priced only slightly above your standard Pentium 4 processors. Intel did this to position the processors for market penetration, an aspect they’re still dealing with today. To date, saturation of both Intel and AMD dual core processors has been slower than expected.
Another advantage of the Pentium D series is that, excluding support for Hyper-Threading, they’re no different than you’re Extreme Edition 840. This is another reason the Extreme Edition 840 is a hard sell. Hyper-Threading adds a nice boost to performance in a dual core setup, more so than it did for a single core CPU, but it isn’t enough to justify the multi-hundred dollar difference between the Pentium D. Today, we’ll be taking a look at Intel’s Pentium D 820 processor. This processor clocks in at 2.80GHz and could be what you’re looking for.