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Review: Quad core Kentsfield benchmarked

by Steve Kerrison on 28 September 2006, 19:59

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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System setup and testing software

We've shown you pictures and given you the release date, but just how fast is Intel's Kentsfield processor? We've had the chance to take the quad core chip for a spin through a few apps, pitting it against the current top dawg, the Core 2 Extreme X6800.

We ran a number of CPU intensive tests, including HD video encoding and ray tracing on two identically specced systems, save the CPU. Find the system spec below:

IDF Kentsfield systemIDF Core 2 X6800 system
CPUPre-production Core 2 Extreme QX6700 'Kentsfield'Core 2 Extreme X6800
Core clock2.66GHz2.93GHz
MotherboardPre-production BadAxe 2 D975XBX2 Revision 303
Graphics cardeVGA GeForce 7950 GX2 1GiB
Memory2x 1GiB Corsair CM2X1024-8500C5 DDR2 1066 @ 800MHz 4-4-4-12
Hard driveSeagate 230GB 7200.10
Chipset driver7.2.2.1007
Storage driverMatrix Storage 5.5
Graphics driverForceWare 91.47

The RAM may be 1066MHz modules, but it's only running at 800MHz hung off the BadAxe2 Northbridge's memory controller.

Seeing as weren't in the HEXUS.labs and had limited time to do our testing, our test suite was somewhat different to our norm. Still, here are the details.

  • DivX 6.2.5 with XMPEG 5.03 - Encoding a 1920x1080 MPEG2 file, 52MB
  • Sony Vegas 7.0a build 115
  • POV-Ray Beta 15
  • 3DS Max 8 SP2
  • 3DMark 2006 1.0.2 Professional CPU test

You wanna see the results, then? OK...