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Upgrading our VGA Test System - Hello Conroe! - Final Thoughts

We recently upgraded our VGA test system from an Athlon X2 to Core 2 Duo. We discuss performance between the platforms.

| Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 19, 2006 4:00 am

Final Thoughts

 

Overall we can clearly see that there are big gains at the lower resolution - there are also still gains at the higher resolution. The good news for our readers though is that now when we are benchmarking graphics cards like the Radeon X1950XTX in Crossfire mode at 1600 x 1200, we are able to see the full performance, instead of hitting a brick wall, like we found ourselves doing on our older AMD test system.

 

I was personally very excited about the chance to finally move to Core 2 Duo as the X2 processor is clearly out dated now. It is clear why so many people have moved from AMD setups and jumped on the Intel bandwagon. What you have to remember is the kind of tweaking we have done is just very basic - a bit of voltage here and there and a bump in FSB and we have been able to achieve a 1GHz overclock very quick and with very little effort. People wanting to put more time into the setup of their system will see speeds in excess of 400MHz FSB without too much effort at all.

 

No doubt when we get new BIOSes form DFI we will try and delve further into CPU overclocking but what was achievable today can be done by anyone who has a basic knowledge of working their way around the BIOS.

 

We have seen our brand new Intel Core 2 Duo test system strut its stuff now in a few previous articles and we have been pleased with what it has to offer.

 

Keep your eyes open for more articles making full use of our new VGA test bed here at TweakTown!

Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.40 GHz E6600

 

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