Intel regains performance crown from AMD

Posted on Wednesday, Mar 08 2006 @ 21:47 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Intel fanboys have been waiting for years for this moment, whereas AMD fanboys are now full of denial.

The company presented a system with a 2.66GHz (1067MB FSB) Conroe processor on a Intel 975X motherboard and compared it to an AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 overclocked to 2.80GHz on a DFI RD480 motherboard. Both systems used 1GB memory (the AMD system DDR400 and the Intel system DDR2-667) and a pair of CrossFire Radeon X1900 XT graphics cards.

Intel expects its Conroe processor will be about 20 percent faster than AMD's offering across all benchmarks.

Here are the benchmark results:
Quake 4 - r_useSMP = 0 (1280 x 960, high quality)
  • Intel: 184.3
  • AMD: 143.6

    Quake 4 - r_useSMP = 0 (1280 x 960, high quality)
  • Intel: 238.4
  • AMD: 207.5

    Half Life 2 - Lost Coast (1280 x 1024, high quality)
  • Intel: 147.6
  • AMD: 112.8

    Unreal Tournament 2004 (1280 x 1024, high quality)
  • Intel: 191.8
  • AMD: 160.4

    Fear average FPS(1280 x 1024, max effects, high graphics quality)
  • Intel: 186
  • AMD: 132

    Fear minimum FPS (1280 x 1024, max effects, high graphics quality)
  • Intel: 78
  • AMD: 63

    Fear highest FPS (1280 x 1024, max effects, high graphics quality)
  • Intel: 532
  • AMD: 350

    Windows Media Encoder 9 with Advanced Profile
  • Intel: 66s
  • AMD: 75s

    DiviX 6.1 - Unconstrained/Balanced Codec Settings
  • Intel: 31s
  • AMD: 44s

    iTunes 6.0.1.3
  • Intel: 65s
  • AMD: 73s
  • More details can be read at AnandTech.


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    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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