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Intel Skulltrail Performance Preview

It is safe to say that the single-core processor is on life support, if not in the casket waiting for an official burial. Dual core is now the entry-level and quad core is the new mainstream performance solution.

The Phenom 9500 and 9600 are very inexpensive options, and once Intel gets their 45nm release schedule in gear, the number of reasonably-priced quad core processors will increase significantly.

But this begs the question of where a true enthusiast is supposed go when everyone and their dog will be running a quad core system.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.