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It is apparent that Intel is extremely excited about the upcoming Conroe architecture

AnandTech today had an hour alone with Conroe and an overclocked AMD Athlon 64 FX-60. Intel had two systems available for testing: the first computer was an Athlon 64 FX-60 overclocked to 2.8GHz running on a DFI RD480 motherboard. The other system was a Conroe running at 2.66GHz on an Intel 975X motherboard. Anand compared several video games: Quake 4, Half Life 2 - Lost Coast, Unreal Tournament 2004, and F.E.A.R. Along with the video games, Windows Media Encoder 9, DivX 6.1, and iTunes were also tested.

While we're still comparing to Socket-939 and only using RD480, it does seem very unlikely that AMD would be able to make up this much of a deficit with Socket-AM2 and RD580. Especially looking at titles like F.E.A.R. where Conroe's performance advantage averages over 40%, it looks like Intel's confidence has been well placed.

When the tests were finished, it was obvious that AMD will have a lot of work to do if it wants to try and match the performance from Conroe.

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I was so ready to buy too....
By mikecel79 on 3/7/2006 6:09:37 PM , Rating: 2
I was just getting ready to put together my first AMD system to replace my aging 2.6Ghz Northwood. Now I'm waiting until later this year to pick up a Conroe. The performance increase os quite impressive.

By tedrodai on 3/8/2006 10:51:32 AM , Rating: 2
Me too. I've been planning for 3 months now to replace my old Dell Dimension 8200 (2GHz P4, 400MHz FSB, 4xAGP) sometime around September. I've been a big AMD fan for the past year, but I've had to put off building a new computer because of my budget. When I heard about the AM2 socket release date, I started worrying about whether to stick with a 939 system or not--price would be the deciding factor, but the gamer in me was screaming over giving up the slightest performance edge. I've been dreaming about the FX-60, but setting my targets on the X2 4800+.

Now, after comparing those benchmarks to the prices on the "Intel Desktop CPU Roadmap 2006" we saw a couple of weeks ago, my max CPU budget is hereby decreased by $100. I can't wait to see what happens over the next 1/2 year, but I'm FINALLY certain I'll be satisfied with the performance available within my budget. May the best man win.

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