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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 Sensai on 3/9/2006 12:23:54 PM , Rating: 2
seems like the AMD 64 is now becoming the latter Pentium 4... needs increased clocks to match or close in on performance and the FX-60 burns i think over 110+ watts to run over the 95 envelope 90nm they intend for the future.

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By mxzrider2 on 3/10/2006 4:40:18 AM , Rating: 2
remember that amd and intel have a different way of measuring their thermal envolope. amds is an absolute max (theriotical) if i remember and intels is like average max ( real world), that is if i remember correctly. thing is my whole sytem takes less than 200 at idle, and thats with an otpy 144 oced to 2.4 and a 7800gt slightly oced. and less than 275 at full load. ya

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By Questar on 3/10/2006 10:09:12 AM , Rating: 2
This is a myth. TDP is measured the same by Intel and AMD.

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