In our Conroe benchmarking article from Computex 2006, many readers have been leaving comments suggesting that the article is biased in one way or another. I want to personally clarify a few of the issues being raised which will serve as our response.
1) We never expected to benchmark the full range of Conroe processors at Computex. This is usually the way here in Taiwan; during the show you unexpectedly are given the opportunity to benchmark something usually very exclusively and are rushed. For this reason, we were a little unprepared when it come to benchmarking. We had some games of our own but most of our regular benchmarking software we didn't have handy.
2) We only tested at 640 x 480 because we were short on time. In a perfect world, we would have tested at 640 x 480 as well as a bunch of higher resolutions. Our testing resolution was chosen since this gives us the best idea of pure CPU performance by removing things such as the graphics cards as the limiting factor.
3) As for the usage of different hardware in each test system, the same applies. Testing of each platform was completed in different countries and we didn't have access to our usual lab hardware. We tried the best we could, as an example we managed to get hold of a GeForce 7800GTX.
Thanks for your comments although we hope this will answer some of your concerns and questions. When we look into overclocking of the Conroe soon, we'll try and run some higher resolutions and include some other games for you.
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