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BIOS issues and other concerns are addressed

Anandtech was able to score a second session with Intel's Conroe and an overclocked AMD FX-60. Some concerns and issues were raised concerning the first test, so Anand addresses them with this update.

The performance picture with regards to Conroe hasn’t really changed all that much - on average we’re still seeing a bit over a 20% increase in performance over an overclocked Athlon 64 FX-60.  While it’s worth noting that these results should be taken with a grain of salt, we really were not able to determine any cause for suspicion based on Intel’s setups.  The machines were as clean as they could get, with the BIOS oversight having no tangible impact on most performance.

After this second round of tests, there doesn't appear to be anything malicious or underhanded going on Intel's part. The BIOS had little to no effect on performance and the Conroe still comes out on top. Now all we have to do is wait for AM2 Athlons.

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By Sunbird on 3/9/2006 11:16:15 AM , Rating: 3
Is it me, or does there seem to be some underlying unhappiness that Intel has been found to be doing nothing wrong?

RE: Unhappy
By raskren on 3/9/2006 11:20:24 AM , Rating: 2
Not here.

Maybe if you're an AMDroid.

RE: Unhappy
By kattanna on 3/9/2006 11:36:37 AM , Rating: 2
LOL as a AMD fanboy seeing intel do this makes me VERY happy...

kick AMD out of its complancency

besides dual cores...the processor world has been frankly boring for the past 2 years

but hopefully that is changing

RE: Unhappy
By scabby on 3/9/2006 12:03:38 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed... two sleeping giants makes... well, for loud snoring. Wake up and give us some neat processors please!

A solid Intel product might get AMD off of their duffs. More competition = better products = lower prices in the long run.

RE: Unhappy
By bbomb on 3/9/2006 9:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
I too am hoping AMD gets their asses handed to them. They HAVE become complacent to the point where they aren't too much cheaper than Intel and thought they had overtaken them it seems. AMD has offered nothing really new aside from dual core, if you count that, and are still working with K8 architechture. Do they have any plans to finally abandon it and move on?

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