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Thread: Back to Back Dual Core Processor Competition–When AM2 X2 5000+ meet Intel C2D E6400




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    Default Back to Back Dual Core Processor Competition–When AM2 X2 5000+ meet Intel C2D E6400

    It’s 2 months later since 2007/02, AMD have several time price drop actions
    this year, AMD enhance their market strategy by lower X2 price and 65nm
    processor mass production.
    Especially the 65nm 3600+ X2 512K processor, the lowest dual core price
    with 75USD, this is great cost with great strategy no matter on new DIY or
    platform upgrade market.
    These are our 2 competition processors.
    The cost between them is almost same, but AMD X2 5000+ keep lower price.
    The worriers:
    Left side, Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
    Right side, AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+


    The AM2 test board.
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    Default Re: Back to Back Dual Core Processor Competition–When AM2 X2 5000+ meet Intel C2D E64

    The Intel test board.
    MSI P6N SLI Platinum



    The powerful DDRII
    CORSAIR TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF


    The test VGA card
    ELSA GLADIAC 790GS PH2 256DT

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    Default Re: Back to Back Dual Core Processor Competition–When AM2 X2 5000+ meet Intel C2D E64

    Whole platform setup
    AMD
    CPU:AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+
    MB: DFI INFINITY ULTRAII-M2
    DRAM:CORSAIR TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF
    VGA:ELSA GLADIAC 790GS PH2 256DT
    HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
    POWER:Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
    Cooler:TT Big Typhoon VX


    Intel
    CPU:Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
    MB: MSI P6N SLI Platinum
    DRAM:CORSAIR TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF
    VGA:ELSA GLADIAC 790GS PH2 256DT
    HD:Seagate 7200.7 80GB
    POWER:Corsair HX620W Modular Power Supply
    Cooler:TT Big Typhoon VX


    Take a look on frequency info.
    Processor
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6400:266X8=>2133Mhz
    AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+:200X13=>2600Mhz
    (Motherboard small frequency difference with 2612MHz )
    Memory
    BIOS Setup will all be DDRII 800 CL3 3-3-9
    AM2 processors have some ratio divide issue,
    so the real frequency is DDRII 746 CL3 3-3-9 1T
    Besides the platform with different motherboard and chipsets, rest of the
    components is the same.
    I use NVIDIA chipset on both side, that will be more similar with fair
    competition.
    But still have little difference between Intel nForce6 and AMD nForce4, since
    the nForce6 is newest version.
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    Intel

    AMD

    CPU Source
    Intel:5479
    AMD:5334

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    Default Re: Back to Back Dual Core Processor Competition–When AM2 X2 5000+ meet Intel C2D E64

    CrystalMark
    Intel

    AMD

    ALU
    Intel:18969
    AMD:19468
    FPU
    Intel:22702
    AMD:22490

    CINEBENCH 9.5
    Intel

    AMD

    1 CPU
    Intel:353
    AMD:385
    2 CPU
    Intel:658
    AMD:722

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    Default Re: Back to Back Dual Core Processor Competition–When AM2 X2 5000+ meet Intel C2D E64

    The best winning test program from Intel side must be SUPER PI.
    Intel

    AMD

    Intel:22m 30.921s
    AMD:29m 57.312s

    EVEREST test about memory and cache performance.
    Intel

    AMD

    Memory
    Intel:7680/4861/5426 MB/s 58.6ns
    AMD:8005/7271/6130 MB/s 47.1ns
    AMD is strong on memory bandwidth performance,
    since the frequency is only DDRII 746,
    but all memory test results are better then Intel with DDRII 800 with same
    latency.
    CPU Mark
    Intel:298
    AMD:303

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    Default Re: Back to Back Dual Core Processor Competition–When AM2 X2 5000+ meet Intel C2D E64

    3DMARK2006
    Intel

    AMD

    CPU Source
    Intel:1843
    AMD:1924

    TMPGEnc 3.0 XPress
    Intel

    AMD


    Intel:01:14.51
    AMD:01:17:32

    Here are my personal opinions:
    First of all, I was mentioned before, the K8/AM2 architecture performance
    gape is about 400MHz higher to equal compares with Intel C2D.
    Second, because the difference architecture, the best cache performance
    rate is about 512K, C2D is about 2MB, more cache will only have less
    percentage enhance.
    Let’s recall our memories to last generation, P4 3G V.S. K8 3000+ competition
    on 200USD segment, but P4 3G is worse then K8 1.8G, the overclock
    performance is also less then K8 overclock improvement. Now the situation is
    different.
    AMD is very cleaver in these months with great price strategy,
    If user can have 400MHz more AM2 dual core products with better price ,
    then AMD will have more advantage to beat Intel C2D.
    But Intel C2D got the advantage on overclock range and performance,
    normally can easy overclock up to 3.4G~3.8G limited.
    AM2 just lead in with 65nm design, extreme frequency is about 3.1G, if the
    limited can up to 3.3GHz higher, that will help to deduce the performance and
    overclock gape.
    AMD comes with lower processor and motherboard price, that’s the advantage,
    But for long term business, they have to enhance the frequency limited and
    new architecture, that’s the solution to fight back the behind situation now.
    Any way, the hard competition will benefit all end users to have lower price
    and higher performance.
    About the extreme overclock, already had many reviews to know on internet,
    this time we take a look on normal user situation with same price segment.
    Let’s expect next wave price/performance competition between Intel and
    AMD.

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