In the ongoing debate on who has the best CPU in the x86 market, Tomshardware released this awesome comprehensive CPU comparison database. Now you can blow past all the marketing and hype and see for yourself which processor is right for you. There is no simple answer on what the best CPU is; it's a question of what is the best processor for what specific application. An Intel processor might have an advantage on something like 3D Studio Max, Windows Media Encoder or Quake III, but lose to AMD on something like Farcry. It may also surprise you that some older Intel CPUs could beat a newer and higher clocked Intel CPU on some applications. This is why it has always been so difficult to benchmark CPUs and why opposing companies can always publish benchmarks in their own favor. With this new tool from Tomshardware, you'll be able to see for yourself which processor is right for you on the type of application that you want to run.
As the CPU database currently stands, there is a wide array of processors that you can compare although the list of applications you can compare may leave something to be desired. Hopefully soon, they'll add the new AMD and Intel dual-core CPUs to the database and maybe even add some popular applications and games like Photoshop or Half-life 2 Counter-Strike Source. Bottom line is, I'll be adding this web-based tool to my favorites and frequenting it often.