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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [08.07.06]
Manufactured by: Intel


The Test

Today we'll be comparing the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme official models E6700 and X6800. We also downclocked to 2.13 GHz, to replicate the performance of an E6400. Keep in mind though, that the E6400 actually has 2MB of L2 cache, instead of 4MB, so our performance results will be slightly higher than the actual retail processor.

On the AMD side, we have the X2 4600+ representing all alone. I would have liked to include more AMD processors, or have some higher speeds, but unfortunately was not able to. The 4600+ is priced in line with the E6400, so watch the performance there (keeping in mind that our E6400 we have will perform a little higher than it's meant to).

The same DDR2 ram was used throughout the entire testing process. In this case, Corsair's XMS2 5400 UL memory. Granted, this memory is only officially rated at DDR2 667, but we all know Corsair makes good ram, and with a slight bump in voltage I had no problems running it at DDR2 800 with tight timings of 4-4-4-12.

Thanks to Thermaltake for providing us with an excellent power supply for testing. All these new platforms require new power supplies - Intel in particular is requiring split 12v rails. You will also need an 8 pin EPS 12V connector. Thankfully, the ToughPower 750W has all that, and with a combined output of 60A across four 12V lines, we'll be set for future reviews as well.

Test Setup

Intel Motherboard: Intel D975XBX (Intel 975X Chipset)
AMD Motherboard: Asus M2N-E (NVIDIA 570U Chipset)

Memory: 1 GB Corsair XMS2 5400 UL (4-4-4-12)

Video Card: NVIDIA 6800 GT (ForceWare Release 91.31)
Sound Card: Onboard Audio (disabled in all tests but SYSMARK)
Hard Drive: WD Raptor 36 GB 10K RPM SATA

Windows XP 32 bit with SP2 was used. All the latest chipset, video, and sound drivers were used. SMP was enabled in all tests when possible.

SiSoft Sandra 2007

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.

Could this be a sign of things to come? The Conroes are off to a good start here, with great integer performance. However Floating-Point calculations have always been a strong area for AMD, and the 4600+ is able to stay close in that regard.

Thanks to its on-chip memory controller, the Athlon 64 also has more peak memory bandwidth than anything Intel can come up with, even with a 1066 MHz Frontside bus.

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