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Wolfdale Shrinks Transistors, Grows Core 2

Test Setup

System Hardware
AMD Platform AM2Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe, Rev.1.03G
Nvidia Nforce 5NVIDIA nForce5, BIOS: 1001 (03/13/2007)
Intel Platform S775Gigabyte X38-DQ6, Rev. 1.0
Intel X38Intel X38, BIOS: F7 (01/02/2007)
Intel Platform S775Gigabyte P35C-DS3R, Rev. 1.0
Intel P35Intel P35, BIOS: F2o (05/11/2007)
Intel Platform S775Asus P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP, Rev. 1.03
Intel P965Intel 965P, BIOS: 1101 (04/04/2007)
Memory2x 1 GB A-Data DDR2 1066+ Vitesta Extreme Edition
DVD-ROMSamsung SH-D163A , SATA150
Graphics CardFoxconn Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTXGPU: 575 MHzShader Clock: 1350 MHzMemory: 786 MB DDR4 (900 MHz, 384 Bit)
Sound CardCreative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer
Power SupplyZalman, ATX 2.01, 510 Watt
System Software & Drivers
Operating SystemWindows Vista Enterprise Version 6.0 (Build 6000)
DirectX 10DirectX 10 (Vista default)
DirectX 9Version: April 2007
Sound DriverVista Driver 2.13.0012 (15.03.2007)
Graphics DriverNvidia ForceWare Version 158.18 (32 Bit) WHQL
Chipset DriverVersion 8.1.1.1010 (21/11/2006)Intel 631xESB/6321ESB/3100Version: 8.3.0.1011Intel 5400Version: 8.5.0.1007Intel 631xESB/6321ESB/3100 - SATAVersion: 8.2.0.1011Intel 631xESB/6321ESB/3100 - USBVersion: 7.4.0.1005
Storage DriverMatrix-Storage Manager 7.0.0.1020
Nvidia ChipsetnForce Driver: 15.00 (02.02.2007) WHQL
JavaJava Runtime Environment 6.0 Update 1

While our test system was based on DDR2-800 memory in an effort to fit our results in our Processor Charts, using DDR3-1333 memory would provide a small advantage. If you read our last DDR3 memory articles on DDR3-1333 and high-speed DDR3-1600/1800 RAM, you'll remember that the benefit is indeed very small considering the premium prices that the modules command.

Benchmarks And Settings

Benchmarks and Settings
3D Games
Warhammer Mark of ChaosVersion: 1.006.000Video Mode: 1280x1024Video Quality: game defaultMultiple CPU/CoreDemo: THG Timedemo (1 minute)
Quake 4Version: 1.3 FinalVideo Mode: 1280x1024Video Quality: game defaultBenchmark I: THG TimedemoBenchmark II: playnettimedemo id_demo001(official ID-Soft NetTimeDemo)
Unreal Tournament 2004Version: 3369UMark: 2.0.0Video Mode: 1280x1024High Image QualityBots: 16Benchmark: AS-Junkyard
Serious Sam 2Version: 2.070Video Mode: 1024x768HDR Rendering: offRenderer: Direct3DFiltering mode: noneAntialiasing mode: noneBenchmark: Greendale
Supreme CommanderVersion: 3.220Video Mode: 1024x768Video Quality: game defaultVsync = offBenchmark: real 60 second gamewith real three computer physics
PreyVersion: 1.3Video Mode: 1280x1024Video Quality: game defaultVsync = offBenchmark: THG-Demo
Audio
iTunes 7.2Version: 7.1.1.5Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minHigh Quality (160 kbps)
Lame MP3Version 3.98 Beta 3 (05-22-2007)Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 minwave to mp3160 kbps
Video
Pinnacle Studio 11 PlusVersion: 11.0.0.5082Encoding and Transition RenderingPrivate MPEG2 Cam MovieVideo: 720x480 Pixel, NTSC, 6000 kb/secAudio: MPEG Layer 2, 224 kb/sec 16 Bit, Stereo 48 kHzFile Type: MPEG-2 (DVD Compatible)
TMPEG 4.2Version: 4.2.10.211import file:Terminator 2 SE DVD (720x576, 16:9) 2 MinutesDolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-Channel, EnglishAdvanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160 kbps)
DivX 6.6.1Version: 6.6.1- Main Menu -Profile: Home Theater Profile (720x576)1-pass, 780 kb/s- Codec Menu -Encoding mode: Insane QualityEnhanced multithreading
XviD 1.1.2Version: 1.1.2 (01/11/2006)Target quantizer: 1.00 (maximum quality)
Clone DVD 2Version: 2.908DVD "Terminator II SE" (English version)Transcoding from DVD-9 to DVD-4.7Audio: English Dolby AC-3/6 (surround) - DTSSubtitle: no
Mainconcept H.264 EncoderVersion: 2.0MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264)MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec24 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2)Audio: MPEG Layer 2 (48 kHz, 2 Channel, 16 Bit)Stream: TransportCodec: H.264Mode: NTSC (29.97 FPS)Profile: High
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 HDTVVersion: 2.0
Windows Media Encoder 9.1 AP HDTVNTSC MPEG2-HDTV 1920x1080 (24 sec)
Windows Audio Encoder 10 ProImport: Mainconcept NTSC HDTV 1080iExport: Adobe Media Encoder- Video -Windows Media Video 9 Advanced ProfileEncoding Passes: oneBitrate Mode: ConstantFrame: 1920x1080Frame Rate: 29.97Maximum Bitrate [kbps]: 2000Image Quality: 50.00- Audio -Windows Media Audio 10 ProfessionalEncoding Passes: oneBitrate Mode: ConstantAudio Format: 160 kbps, 44.1 kHz, 2 channel 16 bit (A/V) CBR
HD Playback (Blue Ray)PowerDVD HD 7.3Blue Ray Disc (James Bond - Casino Royale)Video Mode: 1920x1080p (full screen)Codec: H.264
Applications
Grisoft AVG Anti-VirusVersion: 7.5.467Virus base: 269.6.1./776BenchmarkScan: Vista Enterprise (Windows folder) 8 GB
WinRARVersion 3.70 BETA 8Compression = BestDictionary = 4096 kBBenchmark: THG-Workload
Auodesk 3D Studio Max 9Version: 9.0Rendering Dragon picturerendering HTDV 1920x1080
Maxon Cinema 4D Release 10Version: 10.008Rendering from a scene"Water drop at a Rose"Resolution: 1280x1024 - 8Bit (50 frames)
Adobe Photoshop CS 3Version: 10.0x20070321Filtering a 69 MB TIF-PhotoBenchmark: Tom's Hardware Benchmark V1.0.0.4Programmed by Tom's Hardware using Delphi 2006Filers:CrosshatchGlassSumi-eAccented EdgesAngled StrokesSprayed Strokes
Adobe Acrobat 7 ProfessionalVersion: 7.0.9Settings: High Quality PrintCompatibility: Acrobat 8 (PDF 1.7)Security: High (128 bit RC4)
Microsoft Powerpoint 2007Version: 2007PPT to PDFPowerpoint Document (115 Pages)Adobe PDF-Printer
Deep Fritz 10Version: Nov 16 2006
Synthetic
3DMark06Version: 1.101280x1024 - 32 bitGraphics and CPU Default Benchmark
PCMark05 ProVersion: 1.2.0CPU and Memory TestsWindows Media Player 10.00.00.3646Windows Media Encoder 9.00.00.2980
SiSoftware Sandra XI SP1cVersion 2007.5.11.40CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic / MultiMediaMemory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark