The Core 2: Intel Goes for the Jugular

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PC Mag says:

It’s been a long time coming.

Core 2 isn’t just another iteration of the Pentium M. Instead, it steals a little from the old Netburst (Intel’s name for the architecture of the Pentium 4/Pentium D processors) architecture and adds additional enhancements of its own.

The result is a processor with a substantially shorter instruction pipeline than Netburst. The overall instructions executed per clock cycle is substantially higher, so even though Core 2 processors run at a lower clock frequency than previous Intel desktop lines, it runs applications faster. Core 2 is also more power efficient; Intel’s goal for the mainstream CPU is to maintain 65 W, versus the 90 to -95 W of the mainstream Pentium D’s, or the 130 W of the high-end Pentium D 940 or Extreme Edition CPUs.

AnandTech: Intel’s Core 2 Extreme & Core 2 Duo: The Empire Strikes Back

Intel’s Core 2 Extreme X6800 didn’t lose a single benchmark in our comparison; not a single one. In many cases, the $183 Core 2 Duo E6300 actually outperformed Intel’s previous champ: the Pentium Extreme Edition 965. In one day, Intel has made its entire Pentium D lineup of processors obsolete. Intel’s Core 2 processors offer the sort of next-generation micro-architecture performance leap that we honestly haven’t seen from Intel since the introduction of the P6.

The Tech Report says:

After years of wandering in the wilderness, Intel has recaptured the desktop CPU performance title in dramatic fashion. Both the Core 2 Extreme X6800 and the Core 2 Duo E6700 easily outperform the Athlon 64 FX-62 across a range of applications—and the E6600 is right in the hunt, as well. Not only that, but the Core 2 processors showed no real weaknesses in our performance tests.

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