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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 bupkus on 3/9/2006 1:57:02 PM , Rating: 2
When there are 2 top dogs fighting it out the best scenario is for them to leapfrog eachother again and again. Just like ATI and nVidia, it's the best case possible for the consumer.
If one were to dominate for too long it would relagate the 2 spot to discount status allowing #1 to hold back and better manage it's R&D/Price ratio.
With leapfrogging as in this case, Intel couldn't hold anything back. They had to beat AMD or continue the impression they were becoming 2nd tier for desktop and perhaps other markets.
Doesn't anyone remember how ATI and nVidia have gone at it and still do?
When #1 leads for too long they then try to manage their profit margin and milk their lead as they can. This invites #2 to try to leapfrog them and then do the same. No, this model is a fact of economics and probably nature as well. AMD will not disappear unless they implode internally. Then someone else will emerge to take their place.

RE: Leapfrog
By bamacre on 3/9/2006 2:17:37 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. With the Dell contract, Intel could continue putting forth a sub-par cpu, and on the other hand, AMD only had to stay one step ahead of Intel to gain in the retail market and in the enthusiasts market. This just went on way too long, as far as consumers are concerned. It was just a whole different ballgame for Nvidia and ATI, and the tougher competition meant much better products and prices for consumers.

I am no big fan of either AMD nor Intel, I always go by what's best for me, performance/$. I actually run an Intel currently, because I gotta a helluva deal on a Dell. But we really have AMD to thank for this new line of Intel cpu's, because if they didn't do such a good job of competing with Intel, we'd never see this. It's about time we see capitalism and competition actually work in the cpu market. As others have already said, this is good news for all consumers.

I also think it's good news for Dell as well. One of the only things holding Dell back from being an aggresive option for true gaming systems was the lack of AMD. With Intel now holding the performance crowd, Dell's sales to gamers and some enthusiasts should increase significantly. However, no way am I saying that BYO'ers would buy a Dell, no, but sales from those seeking prebuilts with higher performance should increase noticably.

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