TechRadar UK: "AMD and Intel still have the market sewn up with chips from two to six cores. Add Intel's HyperThreading and you've a choice of CPUs supporting anything from two to 12 software threads in parallel. That's just the beginning.
Both Intel and AMD now routinely offer several micro-architectures at one time. AMD, for instance, has both the Athlon II and Phenom II model lines, the latter a higher performing part with a shared cache memory pool.
But do not despair. we've rounded up chips that represent all the available core and thread counts, all of the latest micro-architectures and CPU sockets and every imaginable price point from £70 to £800. And we've tested the lot to near destruction!"