“While in Taiwan for Computex this month someone dropped an engineering sample of a Conroe processor in my pocket. After getting home and getting some motherboards in with Conroe support, I set out to test this CPU and see what numbers Intel was preparing for enthusiasts in July,” Ryan Shrout reports for PC Perspective.
“If you didn’t know any better, the processor below would appear to be just another LGA775 Pentium processor we have played with numerous times. The fact that the face has been lapped clean should indicate that someone didn’t want us to find out where it came from, but regardless, what we have here is an engineering sample of the upcoming Conroe core processor. Intel has already officially announced the name of the upcoming desktop branding for these processors, the Intel Core 2 Duo processor,” Shrout reports.
“Loading up the latest version of CPU-Z, we see that we have a Conroe processor running at 2.67 GHz, with a model number of Core 2 Duo E6700. According to information circulating around the web, this will be the top speed grade of the Core 2 Duo processors; though there will be a 2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo Extreme Edition CPU released as well,” Shrout reports. “These processors are built on the 65nm technology that Intel has been ramping up, with a 266 MHz quad-pumped front side bus for a total bus speed of 1066 MHz.”
“In our results, the idle wattage on the Conroe is actually higher than the Intel 965 and AMD Athlon FX-62 processor — a clear indication that our reference board isn’t doing something right. Chances are our reference platform is doing something incorrectly in terms of power management, so we’ll dismiss those idle results for now. What is worth looking at is the load wattage result — 186 watts on the E6700 vs. 256 watts on the AMD FX-62 processor! Keeping in mind that the performance on the E6700 was almost always HIGHER than the FX-62, you can do that math to see that Conroe is blowing the X2 processors out of the water in terms of performance per watt,” Shrout reports.
“AMD is going to be in more than a bit of trouble come the end of July if they don’t have an answer to Intel’s Core 2 Duo product line. The E6700 sample we tested with here was able to trounce the FX-62 in many cases, and came out the leader in nearly every test we threw at it,” Shrout reports. “The Core 2 Duo E6700 tested here simply swept through the benchmarks, leaving everything in its wake; I can’t wait to run an X6800 through the paces to see how it performs.”
Full article with comprehensive benchmarks here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy” for the heads up.]
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