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While the performance of the 955 is quite good, the FX-60 usually one ups it. The real kicker is the power and heat numbers between the two products. The FX-60 keeps its thermals under control at all times, and it really doesn't use much more power than its predecessors. The 955 on the other hand is re-writing the book on heat production and power consumption. This is a big stickler, and it is an issue that many users and OEM's are quite unhappy about, especially Dell. As a current Intel-only manufacturer, Dell has to go to great lengths to introduce these high end parts and yet achieve good thermals as well as low noise. The 955 essentially requires a motherboard with a 5 phase power supply just to keep the power flowing smoothly and not causing the MOSFETS to glow red due to heat. Remember that the 955 is a 65 nm part. Now contrast this to the very quick and cool Yonah processor. It really is amazing that Intel stayed with the Netburst architecture this long.
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