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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.

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 AMDJunkie on 6/8/2006 10:27:59 PM , Rating: 2
I owned a K6-2. Did a Pentium II (and for a while, III) trounce it? Hell yes. Was it overclockable? Hell no. The moral of the story?

It was a choice. It was a cheap choice. If you didn't have a lot of scratch, a K6-2 400 with 128 MB of RAM and a 20 GB HD was a $450-$500 value. That was a fizzuckload for not a lot of scratch (remember people, Windows 98!). Sure it had an SIS 6326, but that's a whole 'nother story. It got the job done, when all I had before it was a 486 (Intel DX2 66 MHz).

Do I want to see AMD regulated to the cheap bins again? Hell no, they're plucky bastards who deposed for a while a true monopoly in PC processors. But you have to strike to kill in this field, and numbers don't lie. The best want the best, and if the best numbers are in Intel's camp, expect a lot of defectors to flock back to the ones they once put down heavily. Performance really dictates price, as demand will drop off once people realize that there's just a better powerhouse for their $2000+ monster gaming systems. Will it mean a cheaper Athlon 64 for me? Yes, but what does it matter if the company hemorrhages money until it dies?

But all it takes is another Netburst. Or in AMD's case, not modify their tried-and-true solution enough. No one has the perfect formula yet for the x86 processor that combines all the perfect aspects of low power consumption, performance, and price. And besides, this DFI motherboard I won from CES is too sweet to just ditch so I can go to some upstart Conroe.

HOWEVER , give credit where credit's due. Conroe is no joke. There's enough flaming fanboys around. Hopefully this will spur AMD to action. If there was something as triumphant as the original Athlon released as an eventual answer to this, it would be glorious.

"I f***ing cannot play Halo 2 multiplayer. I cannot do it." -- Bungie Technical Lead Chris Butcher
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