The last time we matched up Intel's Pentium G6950 against AMD's Phenom II X2 555, our overzealous overclocking efforts caused a processor meltdown. With a little more experience on Intel's 32 nm process (and caution), we offer a suitable rematch. Game on!
A few months ago, we compared the Phenom II X2 555 to Intel's Pentium G6950 in both stock and overclocked form. When the dust settled, the results were inconclusive after we enthusiastically over-volted the Pentium CPU past its limits and into oblivion. Even though the load temperatures were quite cool, the processor died halfway through our benchmarks. Readers also commented in the forums that they wanted to see what would happen if our Phenom II X2 555 could run with its dormant CPU cores enabled.
This brings us to the rematch. We can't put this one to bed in good conscience until we can properly overclock that Pentium G6950 and at least try to unlock all the Phenom II X2 555’s cores.
For those who missed the first article, let's have another look at the contenders.