Sneak Peek : Intel's New Quad-Core

Setting The Stage For Benchmarking

Setting The Stage For Benchmarking

We were given two identical systems, both configured with the following hardware :-

  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 (2.66GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 8MB L2 cache) and Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (2.93GHz, 1066MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
  • Pre-production Intel BadAxe 2 Desktop Motherboard (D975XBX2 Rev. 303)
  • BIOS BX97520J.86A.1446.2006.0913.1039
  • eVGA NVIDIA GeForce 7950 GX2 (1GB)
  • 2 x 1GB Corsair CM2X1024-8500C5 DDR2 1066MHz (set to 800MHz 4-4-4-12 in BIOS)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (320GB)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2

As you can see above, the dual core part is actually clocked 266MHz higher than the quad-core processor. Therefore, you should note that this is not a clock to clock comparison between dual- and quad-core.

The following benchmarks were executed on the two systems :-

  • DivX 6.2.5 high definition encoding with XMPEG 5.03
  • Sony Vegas 7.0a Build 115
  • POV-Ray Beta 15
  • 3ds Max 8 SP2
  • Futuremark PCMark 05 Professional (CPU)
  • Futuremark 3DMark 06 Professional (CPU)