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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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More trustworth
By Doormat on 3/9/2006 11:34:24 AM , Rating: 2
These benchmarks seem more trustworthy than their predecessors, however they still arent as good as independently run ones. It does look like Intel will regain the performance lead, and by more than 10% - which means AMD would have to release a FX64 (3Ghz dual core) on the AM2 style to get back close to even to a 2.66Ghz Conroe.




RE: More trustworth
By masher2 (blog) on 3/9/2006 11:45:23 AM , Rating: 2
> "Which means AMD would have to release a FX64 (3Ghz dual core) on the AM2 style to get back close to even to a 2.66Ghz Conroe"

And even then, Intel will still hold the performance-per-watt and performance-per-clock cycle crowns. Not that the latter one is in any way meaningful...but since AMD fans have been touting it the past several years, I wonder how they're going to react.


RE: More trustworth
By bupkus on 3/9/2006 1:29:24 PM , Rating: 2
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...but since AMD fans have been touting it the past several years, I wonder how they're going to react.

Really... who cares?


RE: More trustworth
By bbomb on 3/9/2006 9:09:01 PM , Rating: 2
I will say that both AMD and Intel are doing pretty good jobs of getting people off the Ghz is better thinking. Quite a few less people consider that CPU speed anymore.


RE: More trustworth
By knowyourenemy on 3/9/2006 3:20:08 PM , Rating: 2
More likely AMD will ditch Toledo and just get a better design entirely. By the way, isn't Conroe 65nm?


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