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Intel Core 2 (Conroe) Performance Review

By Zachary Chan - 14 Jul 2006

Results - Cinebench 2003, XMpeg 4.5 and XMpeg 5.03

Results - Cinebench 2003, XMpeg 4.5 and XMpeg 5.03

Like LightWave 3D, Cinebench is a heavily threaded benchmark that can utilize multiple logical processors for rendering; once again a traditional stronghold for the Athlon 64 because of its shorter and more efficient pipeline stages. However, the results of the Core 2 Duo processors, especially the X6800, are totally off the charts. The X6800 is able to obtain an unprecedented score of 942, completing the threaded rendering in 27.9 seconds, more than 9 seconds faster than the hyper-threaded Pentium XE 965 (4 logical cores), and around 7 seconds faster than the Athlon 64 FX-62. Both the Core 2 Duo E6600 and E6700 also perform better than the competition.

For our DivX movie encoding tests, we will be transitioning towards the newer XMpeg 5.0.3 with the latest DivX 6.2.5 revision. However, since the new DivX seems to be more optimized for Intel platforms, we've decided to include the older XMpeg 4.5 scores as well, which the AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 would generally dominate. As the scores below show, the Core 2 Duo E6600 shaves off more than a minute from the next fastest encoder in both XMpeg 4.5 and 5.0.3, while the X6800 is able to take another minute off the already impressive E6600. It seems that the improved 128-bit SSE engine is really paying off.

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