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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


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Amazing benchmark results

The following table lists the results for the FX-62 AM2 and the two Conroes, along with those of other current high-end CPUs.

Benchnmark/System Intel Conroe E6700 system Intel Conroe E6600 system HEXUS FX-62 AM2 system HEXUS FX-60 S939 system HEXUS Intel Presler 965 system
ScienceMark 2.0 memory bandwidth (MB/s) 5048.13 5058.14 8144.90 5721.22 5678.11
ScienceMark 2.0 memory latency (ns, lower is better) 45.37 43.31 44.41 47.83 70.11
HEXUS Pifast (seconds, lower is better) 35.14 38.81 44.42 47.33 57.05
HEXUS Cryptography (higher is better) 145.22 126.1 166.1 153.26 123.34
Realstorm Raytracing 2004 (average FPS, higher is better) 30.01 27.13 25.2 25.31 17.19
DivX encode - multithreaded (T in seconds, lower is better) 125 138 164 176 153
WAV conversion - multi-threaded - (T in seconds, lower is better) 114 127 151 163 149
CINEBENCH multi-CPU render (higher is better) 859 773 742 692 716
KribiBench v1.1 - Jetshadow model (average FPS, higher is better) 17.25 16.95 11.4 12.03 15.35
Far Cry - 1024x768 - speed (average FPS, higher is better) 174.48 162.35 125.1 130.2 109.06
Quake 4 - 1600x1200 - 4x AA 16x AF (higher is better) 115.8 113 111.7 107.23 108
Splinter Cell: CT - 1600x1200 - 4x AA 8x AF (higher is better) 63.87 64.01 63.31 62.33 62.05

It's abundantly clear that Conroe will be the fastest CPU in town when it hits in a few weeks' time. It pulverises all present CPUs in the majority of CPU-based benchmarks. Just take a look at the Far Cry (speed) scores!

Take another look and let the numbers sink in.

If it's all too much for you, we've added another table that shows the Conroe E6700 CPU's performance against the AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 and Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965 CPUs, expressed as percentages.

Benchnmark/System Faster/slower than AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 Faster/slower than Intel Pentium E.E 965
ScienceMark 2.0 memory bandwidth -38.02 -11.09
ScienceMark 2.0 memory latency -2.12 54.53
HEXUS Pifast 26.41 62.35
HEXUS Cryptography -12.57 17.74
Realstorm Raytracing 2004 19.09 74.58
DivX encode - multithreaded 31.20 22.40
WAV conversion - multithreaded 32.46 30.70
CINEBENCH multi-CPU render 15.77 19.97
KribiBench v1.1 - Jetshadow model 51.32 12.38
Far Cry - 1024x768 - speed 39.47 59.98
Quake 4 - 1600x1200 - 4x AA 16x AF 3.67 7.22
Splinter Cell: CT - 1600x1200 - 4x AA 8x AF 0.88 2.93

* - Willy offers his thanks to forumite mxyztplk with his/her help in producing the correct percentages.

If this were boxing, the Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 would be Lennox Lewis, the Athlon 64 FX-62 Bernard Hopkins and the Intel Presler E.E 965 Ricky Hatton. They all punch their weight, but some punch a lot heavier than others.

There's no real need for a summary. The benchmarks tell all. Intel's Conroe simply outmuscles every currently available CPU. Would you buy an AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 now? AMD must be thinking that K8-L can't come soon enough.

A little bird also tells us that the Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme Edition may well debut with a 3GHz clockspeed. Just imagine that. Gentlemen and ladies, start your salivating.

Were you one of the Conroe doubters? Still not convinced? Either way, how do you think AMD is going to respond? Lots to talk about over in the HEXUS.community, we reckon.



HEXUS.reviews - AMD Socket AM2: Athlon 64 FX-62 and nForce5 590 SLI
HEXUS.headline - Foxconn AM2 mainboard at CeBIT 2006 (part of the massive HEXUS.CEBIT 2006 show coverage)
CeBIT 2006 - All HEXUS CeBIT 2006 coverage

IDF Spring 2006 - HEXUS report on Conroe benchmarks
IDF Spring 2006 - HEXUS report on next generation Core architecture
IDF Spring 2005 - All HEXUS coverage

NVIDIA debut EPP memory standard HEXUS.core

HEXUS reviews - Evesham FX-62 AM2 system
HEXUS reviews - SCAN 3XS Athlon 64 FX-62 AM2 system

UPDATE - July 14, 2006 (launch day for Intel Core 2 Duo)

HEXUS.reviews - Intel Conroe Core 2 Duo/Extreme Processors
HEXUS.reviews - World exclusive! Intel Conroe-powered MESH Elite Extreme SLI system

External definitions

DDR2 SDRAM - Wikipedia

Manufacturer links

Foxconn - Mainboard home page
NVIDIA - SLI home page
NVIDIA - 500-family core logic at CeBIT 2006
Intel - Core 2 Information
Corsair EPP - Corsair EPP Modules

HEXUS Where2Buy

SCAN Computers - Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo buying link

HEXUS Right2Reply

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Competition is wonderful. Hopefully AMD will now have more incentive to make progress and/or start going back the the lower prices they had a few years ago. Not to mention Intel should have some great chips. It'll be interesting to see if Merom is relitivly as great as Conroe.
Why was quake and splinter cell run at such high AA/AF resolution ?


Hmm.. interesting to say the least. I hope AMD can really pull something out of the hat in the coming months.
OUchh…. So much for hoping AM2 would be better.. :)
…but what about pricing ? That is absolutely key for nearly all of us.
However, I can't fail to be astounded by those benchy results :eek: They are some of the most significant ‘wins’ I've seen in a long while.