Originally posted by zdude255
preorder date? shipping date? clock speed? ops per cycle? benchmarks? 64-bit? 64-bit compatibillity?
All I've heard so far is that it's faster and better, but I have no means of verifying this. How much faster than the current AMDs? Is there a noticable performance increase in certain apps?
No preorder date. Shipping date - 06/06/06. At release clockspeeds; 1.86, 2.13, 2.40 and 2.67GHz. At release pricing; $209, $244, $316 and $530, respectively. No one cares about ops per cycle anymore, but rest assured its mich higher than AMD could hope for. Benchmarks; Besides the Anandtech benchmarks from IDF 2006, we have people over at XtremeSystems Forums with Conroes. A 2.8Ghz Conroe does SuperPi 1M in 16 seconds; a 2.8Ghz FX-62 does SuperPi 1M in 31 seconds. 2.13GHz Conroes have overclocked to 3.0GHz on stock cooling and stock voltages. Yes, 64-bit processors with obviously 64-bit compatibility. Basically; for $244, you not only get a Dual Core processor (all Conroe processors at release will be Dual Cores) but you also get a $244 processor that can overclock to roughly twice the performance of a $1300 FX-62.
Instead of complaining about not getting any infomation, you might've googled it or done a search for it on this very forum.
As for your distrust for Intel, its only now that Intel has produced something worthwhile, and they've done it with flying colors. Before Conroe came around, it was a pretty unanimous decision that the Netburst architecture for the Pentium 4s was total crap. That is where most of the Intel prejudices were born. Now, with Conroe, Intel is going to become what AMD is right now (except AMD won't have the bad rep that Intel had). The Core (Conroe) is a far superior architecture to AMD's K8. AMD has plans to release it's K8L architecture, but its not bound to save AMD from Intel, since Intel isn't exactly sitting around either.
As for future K8 Athlon 64 processors; just kiss them goodbye. AMD has plans to release processors as high as 3.6 and 3.8GHz. But even these won't save AMD as even the base Conroe processors already outperform them (when overclocked). Also factor in the price of a 3.8GHz Athlon 64 (this isn't anytime soon) and the price of a comparative Conroe (Conroes will be much cheaper by the time these come out) and its no competition. Conroe comes out the clear winner for quite a while.