CPU technology for the most part hasn't really changed all that much over the last few years other than a few increases in clock speeds and a few new instructions in the core. Intel and AMD have both pushed their Silicon almost to the end of the line when it comes to sheer clock speeds as you can plainly see in the light of Dual-Core technology hitting center stage. When you cannot get any further with one CPU core, why not just add another and have two, right? A logical deduction is how Mr. Spock would eloquently put it, as that is the nature of the beast when you hit a technological wall. Even gas powered car engines have not really changed in years as they too have just about reached their technological limit, but you cannot really have two engines in a car so better management of the engine and how it runs have been the key areas of development. With a CPU core the size that it is you really can have two separate cores on one CPU, now, how that technology is handled and routed to your system will become key elements in its developmental process.
Intel and AMD have gone their different ways on how to get results from a CPU and as far as single core CPUs are concerned we may be seeing some of the last of their kind with the release of the Intel 3.8GHz and the AMD FX57 because with Dual-Core technology being the current boom, getting CPUs to market that contain two of these type of CPU cores is where the wind is blowing. For today we will take a look at what both of these companies have to offer in the extreme high-end of single core CPUs and how they perform in the various conditions of daily use and in the test based arena for a truly rounded experience of both platforms. A lot of folks review the CPU, as just that a CPU, but the entire platform, including motherboard chipsets and memory standards have to be taken into account. I mean have you ever read a car and track review about just the engine? Not likely as the review the entire car. I think the comparison is fairly realistic one as no CPU works alone and can stand on its own merit, as without its fellow components it is a useless piece of silicon, just like a car engine not in a car. Me and my rat-pack spent many hours testing the systems and then debating the pros and cons of these platforms and I think the end results are solid.