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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [03.15.06]
Manufactured by: AMD, Intel


The Test

Our testing method is simple: Use applications that YOU will be using at home - video encoding, audio encoding, office apps, content creation, video games, etc. We'll also look at pure CPU performance, but not at the expense of real-world applications.

Many of these apps are multithreaded, some are not. The point is to show how these dual core chips perform with today's usage patterns.

Test Setup

Intel CPUs: Pentium D 940, Pentium D 950 (Presler)
AMD CPUs: Athlon64 X2 4800+, Athlon64 X2 4400+ (Toledo) (Provided by

Intel Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G11975X (Intel 975X Chipset)
AMD Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro-SLI (NVIDIA NFORCE4 SLI Chipset)

Intel Memory: 1GB PQI DDR2 3-4-4-8
AMD Memory: Samsung DDR 2.5-3-3-8

Video Card: ATI Radeon X800 (Catalyst 6.1)
Soundcard: Creative Labs X-Fi Fatal1ty
Hard Drive: Western Digital Raptor 36GB 10K RPM

SiSoft Sandra

We usually like to kick off our CPU reviews with some CPU math tests, to give an idea of how things look at the very core of performance. We also throw in a memory bandwidth test, to show how the platforms compare.

Right off the bat, we are seeing an immediate advantage to the Athlon X2 processors. Later on, we'll find out how this translates to real-world performance.

The Presler chips and 975X platform do provide slightly more bandwidth, but it's totally close to call.

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