Test Set-up And Components Used
Operating system: Windows Vista Enterprise
Unlike all previous charts, we have now changed the operating system. All benchmarks tests carried out by Tom’s Hardware in the future will be carried out on Windows Vista Enterprise. The Enterprise Version is only designed for use within companies, but produces the same results as Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate. We are, however, have to use the Enterprise Version as this is the only one with an Open License. This allows us to automatically activate Windows Vista for each modified test platform without needing to telephone the Microsoft activation hotline.
Windows Vista Enterprise
We have completely revised the hardware components, such as graphics card, sound card and hard drives, in order to provide current and realistic test platforms.
|AMD Platform AM2+(AMD 790FX)||Gigabyte GA-790FX-DQ6 (Rev.1.0)AMD 790FX, BIOS: F3|
|AMD Platform AM2(Nvidia Nforce 5)||Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe, Rev.1.03GNVIDIA nForce5, BIOS: 1001 (03/13/2007)|
|Intel Platform S775(Intel P35)||Gigabyte P35C-DS3R, Rev. 1.0Intel P35, BIOS: F2o (05/11/2007)|
|Intel Platform S775(Intel X38)||Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6, Rev. 1.0Intel X38, BIOS: F4 (09/19/2007)|
|Memory||2x 1GB A-Data DDR2-1066+ Vitesta Extreme Edition|
|DVD-ROM||Samsung SH-D163A , SATA150|
|Graphics Card||Foxconn Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTXGPU: 575 MHzShader: 1350 MHzMemory: 786 MB DDR4 (900 MHz, 384 Bit)|
|Sound Card||Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer|
|Power Supply||Enermax EGA1000EWLATX 2.2, 1000 W|
Graphics card: Foxconn Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX
RAM: A-Data Vitesta 1066+
Sound card: Creative x-Fi Gamer
Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar SE 320 AAJS
I still have faith the tide can always be turned, something you thought impossible with Pentium D vs AMD 64 X2. So it can happen again, if not I think we should make the EU take money from intel and give to AMD :P
Intel's interim solution was the Pentium D, which was basically taking two P4 and placing them on a chip. It didn't match AMD's performance, but it kept them in the hunt. AMD's response to conroe should have been the same; take two shrunken k8+x2 and place on a die. In this fashion they could have created some distance so that they could have come to a proactive solution to Intel's salvo.
Got this from AnandTech:
AMD doesn't have the resources to spin a dual-core Phenom die, so what better way of repurposing the quad-core die (especially if one core is defective) than to make a Phenom chip with less than four cores. Sure it's not the most efficient way to manufacture, but AMD doesn't have the luxury of producing a number of different Phenom die at this point. The triple-core Phenom strategy makes perfect sense if you're AMD, the question is: does it make sense if you're an end user?
I think you mean to say the small Phenom X3 model, the 8450.
I'd like to see the sony 'core' put into action other than yellow dogs lunix or Mercury's blader...sweeeet. They have six unit ps3's making 1 tflop @ 19k! :}