Intel Core 2 Duo 'Conroe' E6700 & X6800 Benchmarks

Introduction & Setup


If you're like me, you will have been watching all of the news and thread popping up around the Internet surrounding Intel's latest line of processors 'Core 2 Duo'. In particular, their latest core codenamed 'Conroe' for the LGA775 platform.

After months of waiting, and being teased by benchmarks from engineering samples, the Conroe chip is now available for purchase from most retailers including our friends over at SpecialTech.

So, what's so great about this CPU, why does it perform so well, and will you see a worthwhile performance improvement by upgrading from your current processor? All of these questions I plan to answer today by comparing the E6700 and X6800 'Conroe' chips against my trusty Pentium 4 630 chip clocked at a stock speed of 3ghz.

Test Setup

Intel were kind enough to send us one of their press kits containing some of their latest goodies...

- Intel D975XBX 'Bad Axe' Motherboard
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66ghz)
- Intel Core 2 Duo X6800 (2.93ghz)

In order to get things up and running, I'll be adding the following components to the mix:

- Silverstone Zeus 560w PSU
- XFX 7900GT GPU @ Stock
- Kingston HyperX PC2-8500 (5-5-5-15)
- Stock Intel Cooler

And for a 'fair' clock-for-clock comparison, I'll be adding my very own Pentium4 630 running at a stock speed of 3.0ghz which is just a tad faster on the MHZ scale than the Core 2 Duo's that I'm looking at today.

Pentium4 vs Core 2 Duo

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Most Recent Comments

22-08-2006, 12:55:15

"We've all heard of the latest chip codenamed "Conroe" from Intel. We've all seen its sub 20 second SuperPI results. But is the cost of upgrading worth it? We find out by comparing it to Intel's previous generation chip, the Pentium4."

We also take a brief look at the bad axe


22-08-2006, 13:06:24

Mmmmmm - conroe PWNS Quote

22-08-2006, 13:12:47

You guys are putting out reviews like mad. Awesome job, good read. Keep up the great work.Quote

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