comparison with Intel dual-core lineups. They did state that, "A detailed comparison of the dual core offerings from both AMD and Intel will follow soon."
The charts only showed the Pentium D 840 dual-core and not the Pentium Extreme Edition (EE) 840 dual-core which was compared with the AMD 64 x2 4800 previously. But, in any event, like you indicate, the 840 they used, and the single core Intel 660 did show higher in the Direct 9X game runs. Wish they would have showed the normal gamers setting of 1024x768 like they usually include in test instead of the 1280x1024.
Oh well, they were probably in a hurry to get the report out the same day AMD released the new prices, since they did make a misprint on the Pent D 820 2.8GHz calling it a Pentium D 380 twice. They did state in regards to the x2 3800..."A price of $400 is a step in the right direction, but remains a lot of money for a CPU, and Intel's entry-level Pentium D 380 (2.8 GHz) is still somewhat cheaper." Yes, for $245.99, a $155 difference.
Looking forward to their forthcoming comparisons, as that report didn't do much in the way of comparison to the Intel dual-cores.
Dell does make a Precision 380 Workstation with Pent D in all the dual-core Intel models, but don't believe Tom's Hdw was thinking of that PC.