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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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Ok boys...
By segagenesis on 3/8/2006 12:11:49 AM , Rating: 3
Despite somebodys low signal to noise ratio posting like a madman defending every little bad thing everyone says about Intel... I'm not yet impressed. It's not bloody out yet. I don't think I've ever witnessed such a ferver over such geek penis size comparisons since the CRAMITPAL days. I see the same person(s) posting half the content of a 145 post news comments thread like they work for Intel or AMD and know what next week numbers in the lottery will be. I've been reading Anandtech for years and I've never seen such awful mudslinging, name calling and fanboyism. Come on guys, get a grip!

Fanboi note so you dont have to guess off the bat: I paid about $300 for an Athlon 64 4000+ San Diego a month ago.

What is this going to really *cost*? Having sold computers in the past geared towards home and gamer users... the cost is a serious concern on whether if Intel really has something special here or not. I really disliked how the Pentium-M and comparable mainboards were despite thier low power consumption and great performance... out of the league for low cost at the same time. If they make a part that costs as much as an Athlon-FX and is still faster than the Athlon-FX, I still would not buy it. I would'nt (and did'nt) buy the Athlon-FX. It's just darn too much for some of us when you can have pretty good performance for less than half!

I might be kind of pissed off that I waited 4 years to upgrade my machine I play games on only to find out I should have waited another 6 months... but thats how things really go these days. If Intel brings out these parts in the $250 price range and can rape AMD in the comparable price/performance slot then I would truly be impressed. Not some $700+ toy. Until then (and despite what he who will remain un-named here says who must have drank 25 Red Bulls posting) I will be more willing to believe when it hits the streets.

Thank you

RE: Ok boys...
By smartpatrol on 3/8/2006 4:01:42 AM , Rating: 2
It's dishonest to compare Intel's new desktop chip to the P-M. Those Pentium M motherboards are specialty items designed for the enthusiast market. That's totally different from Conroe, which is intented to be Intel's mainstream desktop chip to replace the Pentium D/4. I would be absolutely shocked if costs weren't similar to what comparable Pentium D/4 chips cost today.

I am a big AMD fan as well, and it's sad to imagine the underdog getting beat by the 800 pound gorilla. However, to even speculate that all mainstream Conroe systems will be comparable in price to P-M desktops and Athlon 64 FX's is totally ridiculous and dishonest. Nice straw man.

RE: Ok boys...
By masher2 on 3/8/06, Rating: 0
RE: Ok boys...
By bob661 on 3/8/2006 9:32:02 PM , Rating: 2
I've ever witnessed such a ferver over such geek penis size comparisons since the CRAMITPAL days.
But you have to admit the man had style. :)

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