Benchmarks posted yesterday
of Intel's unreleased Conroe processor have sparked quite a firestorm
in forums around the web. Users from both the AMD and Intel camp were
quick to examine the numbers provided in the articles,
but the end result was still the same -- Intel has a slam dunk with
Conroe.As is the case with benchmarks held outside of a
controlled environment and conducted with equipment provided by a
party that has something to gain from favorable performance numbers,
suspicions have arisen over the benchmark results.
VoodooPC president and occasional
DailyTech writer Rahul
Sood adds, “The long and the short of it is Intel has crafted
an excellent marketing strategy to show off their baby in its first
trimester. They are trying to win the hearts and minds of enthusiasts
half a year before they have anything to show us. They created these
platforms in house, and we can only hope they unknowingly crutched
the AMD system by using a chipset and motherboard - with an outdated
bios - that no enthusiast supports.”
While the test systems and
circumstances surrounding these benchmarks of an unreleased Intel
processor and an overclocked AMD processor are far from ideal, this
question must be asked -- how often do you get the opportunity to
test a fully functional, unreleased product six months in advance?
quote: we can only hope they unknowingly crutched the AMD system by using a chipset and motherboard - with an outdated bios - that no enthusiast supports.
quote: crutched the AMD system by using a chipset and motherboard - with an outdated bios - that no enthusiast supports.
quote: Again, you're applying a general conception based on the tech industry rather than looking at details of this case.
quote: It shows Intel sometimes promises more than they can deliver.
quote: Isn't Intel's newest processor based on a 65nm fab process?
Isn't AMD's based on a 90nm fab process?
Is it fair to truly compare the two and declare performance dominance?
quote: Well, we're clearly comparing a pre-production Intel processor that won't be relased for six months with a present-day AMD chip, which isn't ideal. But, on the other hand, we do have a fairly good idea of what AMD is going to be producing in the next six months.
quote: amd even when it moves to 65nm probably wont get much of a performance boost if it is a dumb shrink
quote: intel apparently is selling 920 and 930 chips like hot cakes..
quote: they dont even offer the 920 or 930 anymore because they are sold out and had to replace it with 820 and 830 chips (whcih are slower and run hotter).
quote: Neither Intel nor AMD's CPUs have gotten any faster in the last 6 months.