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Intel 660 and 3.73GHz XE Processor Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel
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System Setup and Benchmarks


Our system setup prepares for the standard processor-on-processor beating that is about to commence on the following pages.  Both the Intel and AMD setup used identical parts where applicable including hard drive, PSU, video card, sound card, drivers, etc.  A total of 9 processors are compared against each other in almost all of our tests.




































 Intel Test System Setup


CPU


Intel 660
Intel 3.73 GHz XE
Intel 3.46 GHz XE
Intel 560
Intel 3.4 GHz XE
Intel 550


Motherboards


Intel 925XE Reference


Power Supply 


Antec 480 watt


Memory 


2x512MB Corsair Micro DDR2 4300C3 Pro (3-3-8 3.0)


Hard Drive


250 GB Maxtor 7200 RPM SATA


Sound Card


Creative Labs Live!


Video Card


ATI X800 XT


Video Drivers


ATI Catalyst 4.11


DirectX Version


DX 9.0c


Operating System


Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1


 




































AMD Test System Setup


CPU


Athlon 64 FX-55
Athlon 64 4000+
Athlon 64 3800+
Athlon 64 3500+


Motherboards


NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Reference


Power Supply 


Antec 480 watt


Memory 


2x512MB Corsair Micro DDR500


Hard Drive


250 GB Maxtor 7200 RPM SATA


Sound Card


Creative Labs Live!


Video Card


ATI X800 XT


Video Drivers


ATI Catalyst 4.11


DirectX Version


DX 9.0c


Operating System


Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1


 


The benchmarks used were:



  • SiSoft Sandra 2004 SP1

  • AIDA32

  • Cachemem

  • Quake III: Arena

  • Unreal Tournament 2003

  • X2: The Threat

  • 3D Mark 2001: SE v330

  • 3DMark03

  • Far Cry 1.1

  • Doom 3

  • PCMark04

  • Business Winstone 2004

  • Content Creation Winstone 2004

  • LAME MP3 Encoding

  • XMPEG / DivX Encoding

  • WinRAR Compression

  • CineBench 2003

  • ScienceMark 2.0 Beta
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