Intel Core 2 Duo 'Conroe' E6700 & X6800 Benchmarks

3DMark05/06 & Counter Strike

3DMark05

3DMark05 is a benchmark that relies heavily upon DX 8 and DX 9 shader paths. 3DMark05 is very useful benchmark to give us numbers to compare systems. It does give a decent indicator of gaming performance, and includes a couple of CPU benchmarks.

3DMark05 High 3DMark05 Low

As you can see the Core chips really shine here. With the rest of the system remaining the same and just the processor changing, the difference in score is greatly noticeable. In benchmark terms upgrading from Pentium 4 to Core2Duo is akin to upgrading your graphics card to a higher model. Where the P4 was very much lacking in gaming performance, the Core chips really make this up. Once again the shorter pipeline and more efficient memory access on the Core processors really helps give them a "kick" in gaming performance.


3DMark06

As with 3DMark05, 3DMark06 is a good reference examination for a gaming PC. With a couple of very tough CPU benchmarks and graphics tests heavily relying on DirectX 9.0x features, this really is a test for your gaming system. Remember that the lower resolution tests give the CPU more of a workout as the GPU gets loaded less.

3DMark06 High 3DMark06 Low

Here, again, Core shines through. The P4 just cannot keep up in gaming and benchmark tests with Conroe. The past has seen AMD as being "King of the Hill" where gaming is concerned, but as we have seen in various articles around the web, Core outperforms even AMD's flagship processor. Here we really can see the architecture change benefits - in a word: impressive.


Counter-Strike Source

Counter Strike Source is a popular online FPS (first person shooter) coded by Valve. The graphics detail levels are very scalable and can be adjusted to suit both high and low end systems. We'll be running the following benchmarks with graphics settings all set to their highest, and at resolutions of 1280x1024 and 1024x768.

Counter Strike Source Low Counter Strike Source High

At both low and high settings the two Conroe chips share almost identical results. This is most likely down to the graphics card being the bottleneck in the system. With a more powerful card (7950GTX or X1900XTX) I'm confident that we would see these results much higher.

The P4 630 showed that gaming wasn't its strong point and ended up lagging (no pun intended) behind the other chips by between 40-140fps which goes to show just how much performance can be gained by a processor upgrade.

The Core chips also produced a much smoother gaming experience. There were no visible dips in FPS where there were with the P4. This made for a generally more enjoyable experience. Certainly our own gaming performance improved when using the Core chips.

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Most Recent Comments

22-08-2006, 12:55:15

JN
"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

Here

22-08-2006, 13:06:24

FarFarAway
Mmmmmm - conroe PWNS

22-08-2006, 13:12:47

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

22-08-2006, 13:39:03

AKtodaface
soooooooooooo many reviews I love it!!!! awesome review guys!

22-08-2006, 13:43:42

glocktodahead
mmm those benchies make me happy in the pants lol. Nice work on the review

22-08-2006, 13:47:00

NickS
Not to be a nit picker but I don't think the review is fair. If you used an Intel Pentium D 3GHz, it'd be more fair, but that's Dual Core vs Single Core..

Nice review though, overall.

22-08-2006, 13:52:43

FarFarAway
A lot of those benchies are still single core. I kind of agree with you but the P4 D's were a bit of a patch-job operation from Intel. I think looking at old P4 vs was more of an illutrative thing tbh

22-08-2006, 13:58:14

JN
..and i'm afraid at present we don't have a big tray of processors to choose from

As Kemp said, the comparison was for illustration purposes only to show what advantages could be seen from upgrading to the Core 2 Duo platform.

22-08-2006, 14:01:24

specialtech
Reminds me that I have an article here written about the true cost of conroe, its not only the cpu but also the board as well and now taking into account the depreciation of value on the AMD market, where lets face it most people will jump from. Does seem expensive. Still if you game then its gota be worth it

22-08-2006, 15:25:52

mrapoc
brill review - i see a motherboard review coming soon

22-08-2006, 21:41:45

PV5150
Great review again Jim. Intel really have stepped up to the plate and given AMD the 'birdie salute'...bring it on!!! Although, Intel certainly have learned a lot from the opposition, it's just taken them a while to get there. - like reducing the pipeline length, and how the processor handles dropped/out of order instructions more effectively etc. Definitely a step in the right direction.

22-08-2006, 22:37:33

Raging
conroe sweetness

nice reveiw bro,conroe is really pimpin it up

Jason
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