At the very end of last year, Intel released its fastest desktop CPU, the Pentium Extreme Edition 955 processor. Based on two Cedar Mill cores and sporting a total of 4MB of L2 cache in addition to Hyper-Threading, the 3.46GHz processor was considered, on balance, to be on a par with AMD's then-fastest CPU, the dual-core Athlon 64 X2 4800+. A few days later, AMD's riposte was the Athlon 64 FX-60, which increased the 4800+'s clockspeed by 200MHz and offered a wide range of multipliers for the enthusiast to play with.