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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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RE: Real Comparisons
By Regs on 3/9/2006 7:58:23 PM , Rating: 2
The K8 has been AMD's blockbuster for many years. Consider a company like mine, one I work for and one I wish not to disclose. Every CEO knows in today's business world that you can only market, sell, and then sit on a blockbuster for so long. Upper management will always stress the importance of research and development even when stocks are up. Sales and marketing is a major part of every successful company, no doubt about that. However on the other end you have the research and development effort. I work for research and development in my company, however I'm only a low level employee. On the first day of my employment I signed a confidentiality contract with the company which holds me responsible and liable for all information in R&D and within my department. Our R&D facilities and directors of research carefully manage all information within the company and more importantly within the individual departments themselves. This allows the containment of information. Even our own CEO, who addresses the shareholders, does not know more than half the information that our R&D department contains. He only known's what the share holders want to hear in reality. Everything else he knows is all numbers and cents. An all too familiar term used in business is number and cents. It's their common language. Our R&D department is basically in another world compared to the more business and legal end of our company. This is exactly the way AMD works. The executives know exactly what they are working on, however all they know right now is how much money and resources they are implementing on the research. Upper management plans the long term goals of the company by managing their resources, personal and capital. The truth is they try to know as little as possible. However when they ask a question to R&D, the expect answers. Conroe was Intel's R&D answer to Intel's executives, board of directors, and stock holders. Intel offered them the capital and resources (like the Israel Research and Development facilities) then R&D provided them with an answer when needed. A working model. One which Intel's business and marketing teams took over. And here it is, on Anandtech's very own site. A solution six months away.

AMD's executives are now asking AMD's R&D departments for an answer. So ask yourself this, did AMD offer capital and resources to their development facilities over the years just as Intel did? Maybe licensing to new technologies, contracts with other semiconductor companies, building or opening new production facilities, or even new machinery and engineers? They are asking questions. Will they deliver an answer? It all maters on one fundamental aspect of business -- did they have the resources in place to make their long term goals a reality?


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