Friday, July 14, 2006

Core 2 Duo Reviews

The NDA for the Conroe-based Core 2 Duo has expired, and the reviews are, as expected, extremely positive.

Here's something I didn't know: the degree to which these CPU's can be overclocked. Here's an excerpt from the Anandtech review:
Enthusuasts have not seen overclocking like this since Socket 478 days, and in fact Core 2 may be even better. The 2.4GHz E6600, which outperformed the FX-62 in most benchmarks at stock speed costs $316, and overclocked to 4Ghz with excellent air cooling. With that kind of performance, value, and overclocking the E6600 will likely become the preferred chip for serious overclockers - particularly those that are looking for champagne performance on a smaller budget.

Basically, Anandtech was able to overclock all the Core Duo CPU's to 4GHz with air cooling (using the Tuniq Tower). Absolutely amazing.

Here are three detailed reviews:
Extreme Tech

As a note, Tom's did not have the same level of success overclocking as Anandtech.

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