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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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RE: Remember
By masher2 on 3/7/2006 11:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
AMD may well have an "answer" to Conroe...but they won't have it when Conroe first ships. Secretive or no, you have to telegraph major chip developments at least a few months in advance, just to prepare the channel.

RE: Remember
By brizz on 3/7/2006 11:46:03 PM , Rating: 2
Even if they don't have an answer in Q3 when Conroe ships, they WILL have an answer, and that is what AMD is counting on. Previously (pre K8) they never had a real answer to anything that Intel was making. Now there is real competition between the two and we are the one who will reap the benefits.

RE: Remember
By BaronMatrix on 3/7/2006 11:51:39 PM , Rating: 2
They have gotten them out. The chips have been sampling. AM2 tests were on here I believe. It wasn't even certain if the chips that were used had the memory controller bug, so I see 30% per clock with all of the things AMD is NOT talking about. That will put them even enough that Conroe won't shine as much by June ( which is the launch date, not necessarily the availabiltiy date). Who knows the infamous Rev G may turn up sooner than anticipated if AM2 doesn't return the crown.

They ARE very secretive.

It was said that they could release 65nm if they really wanted to before the end of the year and I would bet that that is what enabled Intel to make the jumps that Conroe seems to have.

RE: Remember
By clnee55 on 3/8/2006 11:22:02 AM , Rating: 2
How do you know if they are very secretive?

"They ARE very secretive"

RE: Remember
By bob661 on 3/8/2006 2:40:14 PM , Rating: 2
How do you know if they are very secretive?
How do you know that Conroe is the new performance champ even though there is no actual consumer product to buy neither has there been any tests of actual consumer product by reliable and credible 3rd parties?

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