System setup and notes
|System||AMD AM2 system||Intel LGA775 system|
|Processors||AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3.0GHz, 2MiB L2 cache, AM2)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8GHz, 2MiB L2 cache, AM2)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ (2.6GHz, 2MiB L2 cache, AM2)
|Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (2.67GHz, 8MiB L2 cache, LGA775, quad-core)
Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (2.93GHz, 4MiB L2 cache, LGA775)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.67GHz, 4MiB L2 cache, LGA775)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.40GHz, 4MiB L2 cache, LGA775)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (2.13GHz, 2MiB L2 cache, LGA775)
|Motherboard||ASUS M2N32-SLI Premium Vista Edition (nForce 590 SLI)||Intel D975XBX2 Bad Axe 2 rev. 303 (Intel i975X)|
|Memory||2GiB (2 x 1024) Patriot PC8000 XBLK||2GiB (2 x 1024) Corsair PC8500|
|Memory timings and speed||4-4-4-12 @ 800MHz (PC6400)|
|Graphics card(s)||ASUS/Sapphire Radeon X1900 XTX 512MiB|
|Disk drive(s)||Seagate 160GB SATAII (ST3160812AS)||Optical drive(s)||Sony DW-Q30A|
|BIOS revision||0109 (01/02/07)||14/08/06|
|Mainboard software||NVIDIA nForce Package 9.34||Intel Inf 126.96.36.1992|
|Graphics driver||CATALYST 6.10 BETA||Operating System||Windows XP Pro SP2 32-bit||PSU||Dark Power PRO 430W||OCZ PowerStream 520W||Monitor||Dell 2405FPW|
Here's what we evaluated the processors with:
Sandra Lite 2k7 SP1 Build 2007.8.10.105 Float Buffered Memory Bandwidth
ScienceMark 2.0 32-bit Build 21MAR05 Memory Latency
LAME multi-threaded benchmark - 701.5MB file - encoded into 128kbps stereo.
DivX 6.4 (existing DV-avi source-file, Home-theatre profile, 1700Kbps, Insane-quality video, 40Kbps, Stereo, 16KHz Audio)
Cinebench 2003 R9.5
POV-Ray 32-bit 3.7.0 BETA 16 - Use internal benchmark mode - biscuit.pov
Far Cry 1.33 (low-end script (1024x768)
Quake 4 1.30 SMP Support Enabled - low-end script (1024x768) - demo001 recorded by HEXUS
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory 1.05 (low-end script (1024x768)
|Processor||AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+||AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+||AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+||Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700||Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800||Intel Core 2 Duo E6700||Intel Core 2 Duo E6600||Intel Core 2 Duo E6400|
|Pricing as at 20/01/07||£300||£200||£150||£630||£615||£330||£200||£150|
The meaningful comparison to look out for is the AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ against Intel's Core 2 Duo E6700. The Intel CPU is priced around £30 higher and, taking similar pricing into account, it will be interesting to see how the X2 6000+ performs.
Other related comparisons include the Athlon 64 X2 5600+ vs. Core 2 Duo E6600 and 5200+ vs E6400.
We've included the quad-core Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 and dual-core Core 2 Extreme X6800 processors for comparative reference only. Their £600+ pricing is double the X2 6000's and, as such, they appeal to a niche market.
We've not included the results from our Quad-FX testing, however. Our sample box was built by AMD and featured a BIOS that was some way from final. Consequently, results obtained from that testing may not be indicative of current performance. Quad-FX, really, is a work in progress and technology showcase for AMD.