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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: 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.


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