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Intel Core i5-661: Clarkdale Rings The Death Knell Of Core 2

Though Intel shipped us its H55-based Tom Cove board for this launch, we went with Asus' P7H57D-Evo for our test platform, as the Asus board is loaded with overclocking options. Its dual PCI Express x16 slots also proved useful for confirming that H57 does, in fact, support multi-card configurations with a Lynnfield-based CPU installed.

Test Hardware
Intel Core i5-661 (Clarkdale) 3.33 GHz, LGA 1156, 4MB L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i5-750 (Lynnfield) 2.66 GHz, LGA 1156, 8MB L3, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400S (Yorkfield) 2.66 GHz, LGA 775, 1,333 MT/s FSB, 6MB L2, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 (Wolfdale) 3.16 GHz, LGA 775, 1,333 MT/s FSB, 6MB L2, Power-savings enabled

AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE (Deneb) 3.4 GHz, Socket AM3, 4 GT/s HyperTransport, 6MB L3, Power-savings enabled
Asus P7H57D-V Evo (LGA 1156) H57, BIOS 0401

Gigabyte EP45-UD3P (LGA 775) P45/ICH10R, BIOS F9

Asus M4A79T Deluxe (Socket AM3) 790FX/SB750, BIOS 2304
Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 7-7-7-20 @ DDR3-1333

Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2-1066 5-5-5-15 @ DDR2-1066
Hard Drive
Intel SSDSA2M160G2GC 160GB SATA 3 Gb/s

Intel SSDSA2MH080G1GN 80GB SATA 3 Gb/s
Gigabyte Radeon HD 5850 1GB
Power Supply
Cooler Master UCP 1100W
Thermalright MUX-120
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX 11
Platform Driver
Intel INF Chipset Update Utility
Graphics DriverCatalyst 9.12

Benchmarks and Settings

Audio Encoding


Version: (64-bit), Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min., Default format AAC

Video Encoding


Version:, Import File: "Terminator II" SE DVD (5 Minutes), Resolution: 720x576 (PAL) 16:9

DivX 6.8.5

Encoding mode: Insane Quality, Enhanced Multi-Threading, Enabled using SSE4, Quarter-pixel search

XviD 1.2.2

Display encoding status=off

MainConcept Reference 1.6.1

MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264), MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2), Audio: MPEG2 (44.1 KHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Mode: PAL (25 FPS), Profile: Tom’s Hardware Settings for Qct-Core

HandBrake 0.9.4
Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob file from The Last Samurai to .mp4, High Profile


Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 (64-bit)

Version: 2009 Service Pack 1, Rendering Dragon Image at 1920x1080 (HDTV)

WinRAR 3.90

Version 3.90 (64-bit), Benchmark: THG-Workload (334 MB)


Version 4.65, Built-in Benchmark

Adobe Photoshop CS4
Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates filters
AVG Anti-Virus 9
Virus scan of 334MB of compressed files

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

3DMark Vantage

Version: 1.02, GPU and CPU scores

PCMark Vantage

Version: 1.00, System, Memories, TV and Movies, and Productivity benchmarks, Windows Media Player

SiSoftware Sandra 2010

CPU Test=CPU Arithmetic/Multimedia, Memory Test=Bandwidth Benchmark, Cryptography

Very High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, 4xAA / No AF, vsync off, 1280x1024 / 1680x1050 / 1900x1200, DirectX 10, Patch 1.2.1, 64-bit executable
Left 4 Dead 2
High Quality Settings, No AA / No AF, 8xAA / 16xAF, vsync off, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, Tomshardware Demo, Steam Version
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Ultra High Settings, No AA / No AF, 4xAA / No AF, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, The Gulag, 60 second sequence, Fraps
Ultra High Settings, No AA / No AF, 8xAA / No AF, 1680x1050 / 1920x1200 / 2560x1600, In-Game Benchmark, Steam Version
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