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Preliminary results from around the web

Computex so far has been full of announcements and interesting product showings. One of the biggest demonstrations at the show this year however, is Core 2 from Intel -- previously known as Conroe. The CPU is herald to be the next start from Intel to take back the performance crown from AMD. Interestingly enough, Core 2's release is not far away at all. In fact, DailyTech has received word that Intel has just decided to release Core 2 processors as early as July.

The following are some of the available reviews on Core 2 Extreme from Computex. Most of the reviews pitted Core 2 Extreme against AMD's latest Athlon FX-62, which itself is a dual-core processor.

FiringSquad tests Core 2 Duo E6600 against Athlon FX-62

From the article: The Athlon 64 FX did hold its own in the memory bandwidth tests, thanks most likely to its integrated memory controller. In real world usage the Core2 system ran Quake 4 faster than the Athlon 64 FX we tested, in some cases by as much as 9%. Looking over the results, you can’t help but be impressed by Core2’s performance results.

AnandTech tests Core 2 Extreme against Athlon FX-62

From the article: The benchmarks we've seen show Conroe as a very strong competitor to the Athlon 64 X2, availability could be what limits how much lost ground Intel can regain before AMD has a chance to respond with K8L. While performance here is extremely strong, we also haven't even touched on the overclockability of Conroe; from what we've seen, hitting above 3.5GHz on the highest end parts isn't too far fetched on air cooling alone.

ExtremeTech tests Core 2 Extreme against Athlon FX-62

From the article: It is too early to pass final muster, and we weren't able to run our full benchmark suite. Until we can get our hands on motherboards and CPUs in our own labs, using our own gear, we can't give Core 2 our stamp of approval. But we're certainly encouraged. All this assumes Intel can really deliver both in volume and on time.

TweakTown
benchmarks every Core 2 Duo chip above 2.4GHz

From the article: Intel’s Conroe design makes their older Pentium chips look very, very ordinary. At times, the X6800 is able to beat the Pentium 4 631 clocked at 3GHz by as much as 180%. As far as gaming performance goes, Intel is looking very strong and as we have predicated and told many people at the Computex show throughout the week, Intel is looking like they will be the gamer CPU of choice in H2 2006 and all of 2007. The Core 2 Extreme clocked at 2.93GHz was able to beat the AMD Athlon FX-62 on average by 15% in our gaming benchmarks.

Results from the above tests are showing that at this time, Core 2 Extreme shows higher performance numbers than AMD's Athlon FX-62. Keep in mind that the official launch of Core 2 processors is still a bit away and the Athlon FX-62 is based on an architecture that has been out for quite some time now. Intel's pricing of the fastest Core 2 Extreme X6800 (2.93GHz with 4MB of cache) is expected to launch at $999. Availability will also be a key component in Core 2's ultimate success.


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By sagagenesis on 6/8/2006 9:26:30 PM , Rating: 2
http://sharikou.blogspot.com/2006/06/busting-anand...

some people are not a big fan of anandtech




RE: a
By sagagenesis on 6/8/2006 9:30:02 PM , Rating: 2
forgot to mention that that guy is HUGE amd fan, he seems pretty biased, but figured you all would like to see what ppl are saying ; )


RE: a
By kuff on 6/8/2006 9:45:53 PM , Rating: 2
Isnt it just precious how he references himself in every "article" ?



RE: a
By Bonrock on 6/8/2006 10:51:17 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, that link is actually pretty interesting. I'm not sure what to make of it. On the one hand, I don't know much about this guy's credibility; on the other hand, he makes some very damning points that call Anand's own credibility and technical competence into question.

Frankly, this is why I never make a final decision on a hardware purchase until I read the review in Maximum PC magazine. I do read online reviews to get a broad range of perspectives, but I don't trust any of the online tech sites enough that I would make a decision based solely on them.


RE: a
By segagenesis on 6/8/2006 9:51:21 PM , Rating: 3
Nice unoriginal name, moron.


RE: a
By sagagenesis on 6/8/2006 11:58:23 PM , Rating: 2
lol


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By plewis00 on 6/9/2006 4:45:27 AM , Rating: 3
This guy makes me sick, every single one of his badly written posts are finding sites or articles to slate Intel without due reason. I bet he works for AMD's spin machine, and I bet my post there won't even get approved. When the new chips come out on July 23rd, all this crap can stop. People like him shouldn't be allowed to own blogs. And what kind of tosser names himself (on a forum) Sharikou, Ph. D?


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