As the wheel of time takes another turn we find ourselves once again attending the arena of the AMD VS Intel showdown, the players this time around, the AMD Athlon-64 FX-53 and the Intel P4 3.4GHz XE. Not much technological advancement is to be found in either one of these chips in comparison from our last round up and with both CPU's what we get this round is a small speed bump. The AMD FX-53 shows an increase from 2.2GHZ to 2.4GHz and the P4 XE jumps from 3.2 to 3.4GHz a small step for both companies. Usually we get a more dynamic change, but any change in the direction of a faster CPU is music to the enthusiast's ear.
Intel supposedly still has no real-time plans for a desktop 64-Bit solution in a CPU and this is what really separates these CPUs other than a few trademarked technical differences. There are those who are loyal to their respective favorite and who bash one side or the other regardless of the true nature of the CPU being tested, and this is all okay I guess but the truth of the matter is it is great to have two companies to choose from. Like all walks of business someone will be the biggest and someone will be the underdog, for AMD the way of the underdog has been there role from the onset. This gives those who feel that the Intel giant is "The Man" of the CPU world a chance to root and support the littler guy, AMD. Well onward we go folks, let's see what these CPU's are made of and observe who, if anyone will dominate this round of tests.