Intel Core 2 Duo 'Conroe' E6700 & X6800 Benchmarks
Published: 22nd August 2006 | Source: Intel | Price: |Conclusion
Intel have certainly done their homework with the Core 2 Duo 'Conroe' processor, resulting in quite possibly the biggest advancement in processor performance we've seen in a few years. With benchmark results completely annihilating Intel's last generation of processor, and reports of mid-ranged Conroe chips taking on the high end chips from AMD, the Conroe is set to be a big success.
As always though, there is a downside - price. Despite the mid-range Conroe chips actually being very reasonably priced, the new architecture will mean a new motherboard and possibly graphics card & memory depending on your previous platform, which could result in quite an expensive upgrade.
In terms of overclocking, you may wonder why we didn't push any of these chips to their limits. Well needless to say we DID have fun overclocking the Conroe's all the way up to 4ghz (and maybe even beyond), but at the end of the day these are 'Engineering Sample' chips, and are notorious for their overclocking success. Retail chips will under most circumstances not yield as high results, and for this reason we decided not to give you false hopes of how far you may be able to overclock your next purchase.
+ Improved memory bandwidth and lower latency.
+ Cache sharing improves performance between the cores.
+ New architecture greatly improves gaming performance.
+ Lower power consumption ensures cooler running.
+ Very very fast!
- Requires a new motherboard and DDR2 in most cases.
- X6800 pricing is far too high to be considered by most.
Thanks to Intel for providing the motherboard and processors for review.
Intel Core 2 Duo 'Conroe' processors and motherboards are now available for purchase from SpecialTech and many other reputable online retailers.
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