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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 masher2 on 3/9/2006 12:35:55 PM , Rating: 2
> "With an agressive marketing strategy and a superior product they could bury AMD"

Intel could have "buried" AMD any time it wanted in the past 10 years. Strategically, it would be a very poor move for them however. They'd gain only 20% market share (and not the most profitable 20% at that) at the cost of gaining a huge amount of antitrust attention.

Far better to keep an easily-controlled minor competitor in the marketplace. The past year or two, though, they slipped up, and the 'minor' competitor started giving them a little more heat than they wanted.


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