Yes, i only had the Athlon for a limited time and then it had to go back to Karan for his testing because i take a long time.
- it was a surprise that we got it from AMD at all.
3 CPUs - Ph II X2, Ph II X3 and Q9550s got tested with 4870-X2 and with GTX 280
1 CPU - Athlon X2 only got tested with 4870-X2 but not with GTX.
i preferred to test Athlon II 250 X2 with 4870-X2 over a single GPU as CF magnifies the differences; so since i had to leave one out, i left out the GTX testing
i expect to repeat some of this - but it will be mostly Phenom II X2/X3/X4 vs. C2Q and i5 or i7 - before i retire my Penryn system and send on my Q9550s to another editor who has a fast dual core.
i don't expect to keep testing Athlon II; maybe the Athlon II X4s that are coming out
. . . i mean "value" is one thing; but i would not "save" $20 on a CPU .. i would look to trim my budget elsewhere - especially if i am using a 280/275/4890 class of videocard or better.