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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 6.0.1.3 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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RE: Remember
By Furen on 3/7/2006 10:03:44 PM , Rating: 2
I dont think we can expect THAT much headroom from AMD's 65nm shrink. Consider that many of the old 130nm FX-55s can still out-overclock current 90nm CPUs. Of course they consume more power but the clockspeed headroom is just not there on current 90nm parts, and 65nm probably wont improve it. Remember that Dothan had a huge overclocking headroom, even at 90nm so what AMD needs is probably not just a shrink but transistor-level improvements.


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