I was just playing around on apple.com, and ncix.com and built performance machines. Everything was maxed out on the apple except for it had only 4 gigabytes of ram, since the athlon only has 4 gigs as well. Anyway, take a look:
Apple - $7,899 USD
ncix performance box - $7,604.32 CAD
Now, it’d be interesting to see what kinda performance we’ll see outta these machines, since the athlon will be running on XP64 to enhance the 64 bit processors’ capability. Sure the apple can have upto 8 gigs of ram, but in all seriousness who the hell can even put all that memory to use. I can’t wait to see the athlon dual core perform on the 64bit platform, since so far all the benchmarks are done in a 32 bit environment, giving the apple the advantage so far. Aparently athlon FX 57 is going to blow any single core processor out of the water when it is released. As far as gaming goes, intel has a broken leg to heal.