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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [09.24.08]
Manufactured by: AMD, Intel


The Test

Sometimes, CPU reviews can be confusing. With so many architectures, revisions, price ranges, and even cores, it's tough to fit everything into one comprehensive graph.

However, this review is going to be more more straight forward. What we have are two processors running at two different speeds; retail and overclocked. All you have to look for is how the processors compare to each other at retail speeds, and then determine how much the overclock improved upon that. That's it!

The Specs

Intel Motherboard: Abit IP35 Pro (Intel P35 Express / ICH9R chipset) (reviewed here)
AMD Motherboard: Abit AX78 (AMD 770/SB450 chipset) (reviewed here)

Memory: 2GB OCZ PC2 6400 SOE Urban Elite 4-4-3-15 (reviewed here)
Video Card: GeForce 7950GT 512MB (reviewed here)
Audio: Disabled
Hard Drive: Hitachi DeskStar 250GB 7200 RPM SATAII (reviewed here)

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit SP1
Video Card Drivers: ForceWare 179.15
Intel Chipset Drivers:

BIOS Settings: Strict clock timings enforced (no "Auto" settings), 4-4-3-15 timings, AHCI enabled on Intel board, disabled on AMD board, all integrated peripherals disabled.

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SiSoft Sandra 2009

As always, we'll start off with some theoretical benchmarks courtesy of SiSoft Sandra. SiSoft have just released version 2009, so that's what we'll be using. 2009 introduces a couple of new tests that benchmark a CPU's performance in cryptography and hashing.

First up, we have the 'pure math' tests. As you can see, the Celeron E1200's performance is really low at stock speeds, but with a 107% overclock, we see a 107-108% increase in performance in both Dhrystone (integer math) and Whetstone (floating point math) performance. This allows it to surpass the X2, which only saw a 33% and 46% improvement from its 47.5% overclock.

This time, the Celeron even starts out tied with the X2, despite all its technical shortcomings. This is due to the superior clock-for-clock performance of the Conroe/Allendale core in multimedia computing with SSE3. The overclock only exacerbates this, as the 107% clock speed increase on the Celeron leads to a 174% increase in integer performance.

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