Best processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800 .
This one's a no-brainer. 2005 was the year dual-core processors hit the mainstream, and none was more attractive to enthusiasts than AMD's Athlon 64 X2 3800 . AMD actually launched its dual-core architecture with Opteron processors for servers and workstations, but SMP's creamy smoothness soon made its way to desktops in the Athlon 64 X2.
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