Intel Core 2 Duo 'Conroe' E6700 & X6800 Benchmarks

3DMark05/06 & Counter Strike


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.


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, 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

22-08-2006, 13:39:03

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

22-08-2006, 13:43:42

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

22-08-2006, 13:47:00

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.Quote

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