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The end of single-core desktop processors is in sight. By 2006, most new desktop systems will use dual-core processors, and software will be rewritten to take full advantage of the multithreading advantages inherent in dual-core designs. However, you don't need to wait for new software to enjoy the benefits of dual-core processors. If you multitask heavily or create content with leading applications, you will see major improvements in performance and responsiveness with current software.

For Further Research

Intel Pentium Extreme Edition and Pentium D

Intel's official website for the Pentium Extreme Edition is located at http://developer.intel.com/products/processor/pentiumXE/index.htm

Anandtech's two-part review of the Pentium Extreme Edition and Pentium D is located at http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2388

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2389

Tom's Hardware examination of the Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition is located at http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20050405/index.html

AMD Athlon 64 X2

AMD's official FAQ page is located at http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118_12898,00.html

X-bit labs review is located at http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/athlon64-x2.html

Tom's Hardware preview is located at http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20050509/

Anandtech's review is located at http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2410

Intel 955x and nVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition Chipsets

Anandtech head to head review of both chipsets is located at http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2394

X-bit labs's review of the NVDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/chipsets/display/nf4-intel_3.html

Tom's Hardware reviews the NVIDIA nForce4 SLI Intel Edition chipset at http://www7.tomshardware.com/motherboard/20050406/index.html

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