Today brings the end of IDF Fall but not without a bang! Intel allowed select members of hardware review sites to attend an invite-only benchmarking session where they were able to conduct some performance previews of Intel's upcoming quad-core processor (Kentsfield), set to arrive in November.
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These benchmark results come courtesy of an invite-only benchmarking session conducted on the site of Fall IDF, much like the session in which we obtained early Conroe scores at this past Spring IDF. As a result, we should preface these scores by saying that they are not the result of the sort of independent testing we prefer to conduct. I sat at the keyboard of one of these two machines as the benchmarks were run, but we were not involved in the setup of the systems, didn't have sufficient time to inspect their configurations extensively, and were not allowed to install and run our own tests on these machines. The tests and the settings, source media files, and circumstances under which they were run were all chosen by Intel. We will have our own independent review of a Kentsfield-based processor soon enough, and we can verify this performance for ourselves then. For now, these results should serve as a quick preview of what to expect from this quad-core processor in certain types of applications.