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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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Wait a minute
By AMDZen on 3/7/2006 6:12:58 PM , Rating: 2
Looking at the BIOS screen bootup, it shows that its only running a 400 Mhz FSB. That kind of negates the fact that the processor was "overclocked" if you ask me. Not to mention, I know that AMD processors really like a higher TRAS number, 5 may actually hinder its performance when its bumped up a little, benches have shown to run better.

I still think Conroe would out perform the FX-60, but I'm sure AMD can recover most of that ground. If not, seems I'll be buying my first Intel chip for a long long time.

RE: Wait a minute
By osalcido on 3/8/2006 12:40:46 AM , Rating: 2
the frontside bus of amd64's is 400mhz... not to be confused with 1ghz hypertransport

which is why you are probably using ddr400 on your amd computer :)

RE: Wait a minute
By Jkm3141 on 3/8/2006 8:52:06 PM , Rating: 2
This is also true, but on all overclocked Athlon 64's and Opteron's, you must raise the HTT (the replacement for FSB), except the FX Line, which has an unlocked Multiplyer, meaning the 400 Mhz HTT (FSB) speed, is very possible, just bump the multiplyer up one.

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