This year we've been hearing lots of the Core Duo, especially when it comes to the media and their loads of Apple laptop news. But now the reviews of the Core 2 Duos are in, and they've supplanted the Athlon 64 FX as the top pocessor out now.

The results also show a significant advantage for Intel over AMD by pretty much every metric that counts to power users: price, performance, power consumption, and all the combinations of those three.

We'll spare you the extreme details that you need a degree in EE to understand—we have one and we still don't—but suffice it to say that the Core 2's performance on everything was excellent. The $316 Core 2 Duo E6600 is a great deal for the power it's got, and if you're after the most amount of power, there's the Core 2 Extreme X6800 at $999.

If you're into the nitty gritty like charts and performance comparisons, check out the links below.

Intel's Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors
Conroe at last
[Tech Report via Ars Technica]