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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 DallasTexas on 3/9/2006 2:42:42 PM , Rating: 1
"..I can't understand how some people can be happy with this.."

I applaud your bleeding heart attempt to support AMD, however, at the end of the day, "computer enthusiasts" care about performance and PC adaptability. I don't neccessarily see that category of buyers subscribe to your views that AMD is some PC saviour. You are either drinking too much AMD koolaid on the outside or AMD is serving too much of it in their cafeteria. Clearly, AMD will surely dust off the underdog marketing campaign to cover their now lackluster performance compared to Intel.

The bottom line is 'enthusiasts' and 'gamers', in general, don't care. In fact, what AMD should be concerned about in the bleeding heart department is 90% of the manufacturing is done off shore. At Intel 80% is done in the good old USA. Not that it matters all that terribly, but AMD should be a tad concerned that Germany is "over there" and Idaho, massachussetts, Oregon, New mexico, Colorado, etc etc is "Over here".
AMD should not play that card too strongly and best to revertto crank up the clock at the expense of more heat in or der to compete.

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