AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 Reigns King

Review: These three speedy desktops share a common component: the high-end AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 processor. This chip keeps the system moving-and your wallet light. (

From time to time, I get asked, "What computer should I get?" And, while its rare, I do get the question, "...if I want the best-performing desktop for gaming and multimedia encoding?"

Since the emergence of the Athlon 64 FX series with the FX-51 in late 2003, the Athlon 64 FX has reigned over the performance PC industry and beat the Pentium Extreme Edition in roundup after roundup.

In fact, some high-end gaming system builders have almost exclusive relationships with AMD, to the point that they currently dont offer Pentium CPUs in their PCs.

/zimages/7/28571.gifThe demand for Athlon 64 processors puts AMD under pressure. Click here to read more.

System builders like Alienware, Falcon Northwest, Overdrive PC and VoodooPC build their reputations on high-end systems that use the latest FX series processors, though FX sales usually count for relatively few units a month.

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The bulk of their sales come from more pedestrian—affordable—systems that use processors like the Athlon 64 X2 3800+, 4200+ and the like.

The Athlon 64 FX-62 is a dual-core processor, which means that multithreaded tasks like Windows Media Encoder are more efficient on the FX-62 than on a single-core processor like the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition or single-core Athlon 64 processors.

The multimedia scores like the Photoshop CS2 and WME scores on the systems below show this performance gap.

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