Intel Core 2 Duo 'Conroe' E6700 & X6800 Benchmarks
Published: 22nd August 2006 | Source: Intel | Price: |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.
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.
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.
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.