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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 MrKaz on 3/10/2006 9:36:02 AM , Rating: 2
So you are loosing time looking at what have failed in the overclocked AMD system, instead of:

-Why dont they compare the new product with current offer?
-Where is the P4, the one that will be replaced by conroe?
-Why they changed the drivers of the Ati cards to recognize the processor?
-What would happen if the processor didn’t get recognized?
-Was the results achived by drivers optimizations?
-We are all looking at a huge 4MB cache processor, is the cache that is giving that (big) lead?

By Questar on 3/10/2006 10:15:47 AM , Rating: 2
What is loosing time?

I've lost time, but I've never loosed time.

By MrKaz on 3/10/2006 12:08:45 PM , Rating: 2
Losing time is trying to put the FX60 as a recognized processor, when saying unknown processors doesn’t affect the performance of it, or trying to achieve a little performance gain out of an already OVERCLOCKED processor, instead of seek out the conroe performance, how it was achived, and why!

Is it really that GOOD? I have little doubts, but where are the synthetic benchmarks, the Geforce 7 SLI, … even bother to test it with Ati REAL Catalyst 6.2 or 6.3 drivers and not the Intel supplied ones?

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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