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Review: Intel's Conroe spanks AMD FX-62's botty - for real!!

by Tarinder Sandhu on 23 May 2006, 05:01

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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System setup and notes

Hardware and Software

Test Platforms

System Intel Conroe System HEXUS FX-62 AM2 system HEXUS FX-60 S939 system HEXUS Intel Presler 965 system
Processor(s) Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe) E6600 and E6700 AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 AM2 (2.8GHz, 2MiB L2 cache, dual-core) AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 (2.6GHz, 2MB L2 cache, dual-core) Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965 (3.73GHz, 4MB L2 cache, dual-core)
Mainboard Intel D975XBX 'Bad Axe' Foxconn C51XEM2AA nForce 590 SLI ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe ASUS P5WD2E-Premium
BIOS revision 23/02/2006 01/05/2006 - (612W1P12) 1103 17/04/2006 - 0501
Chipset driver Intel INF Update Utility 7.2.2.1006 ForceWare 9.32 ForceWare 9.32 Intel INF Update Utility 7.2.2.1006
Memory 1GByte (2x512MB) Corsair XMS2-5400UL DDR2 2GBytes (4x512MByte) Crucial Ballistix PC8000 DDR2 1GByte (2x512MByte)Corsair XMS 3200PRO DDR 1GByte (2x512MB) Corsair XMS2-5400UL DDR2
Memory speed and timings 3-2-2-8 2T @ 667MHz 4-3-3-8 2T @ 800MHz 2-2-2-5 1T @ 400MHz (DDR) 3-2-2-8 2T @ 667MHz
Graphics Card(s) GeForce 7900 GTX 512MiB GeForce 7900 GTX 512MiB GeForce 7900 GTX 512MiB GeForce 7900 GTX 512MiB
Graphics Card Driver NVIDIA ForceWare 91.27 NVIDIA ForceWare 91.27 NVIDIA ForceWare 91.27 NVIDIA ForceWare 91.27
Disk drive(s) Maxtor 300GB SATA (6V300F0) Seagate ST3160812AS 160GB SATA Seagate ST3160812AS 160GB SATA Maxtor 300GB SATA (6V300F0)
Monitor (tested with) Dell 3007WFP Widescreen (2560x1600) Dell 2405FPW Widescreen (1920x1200) Dell 2405FPW Widescreen (1920x1200) Dell 3007WFP Widescreen (2560x1600)
Operating system Windows XP Pro SP2 Windows XP Pro SP2 Windows XP Pro SP2 Windows XP Pro SP2


Benchmark Software

ScienceMark 2.0 (21st March 2005)
HEXUS Pifast Benchmark
HEXUS.in-house MP3 Encoding Benchmark using LAME 3.97a (Intel HT compiler) - 701MB WAV
HEXUS.in-house DivX encode using DivX 6.01 and VirtualDub on 416MB DV file
HEXUS Cryptography Benchmark
Realstorm Raytracing 2004 Benchmark
CINEBENCH 2003 multi-CPU render
KribiBench v1.1

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory v1.05 - HEXUS custom benchmark
Quake 4 v1.04 HEXUS Custom Benchmark
Far Cry v1.33 - HEXUS custom benchmark

Notes

Quick, quick, the benchmarks await.