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Core Duo - Intel's Best CPU? 305

Bender writes "How good is Intel's Core Duo mobile processor? Good enough that Apple chose to put it in the iMac, and good enough that Intel chose to base its next generation microprocessor architecture on it. But is it already Intel's best CPU? The Tech Report has managed to snag a micro-ATX motherboard for this processor and compared the Core Duo directly to a range of mobile and desktop CPUs from AMD and Intel, including the Athlon 64 X2 and the Pentium Extreme Edition. The results are surprising. Not only is the Core Duo's performance per watt better than the rest, but they conclude that its 'outright performance is easily superior to Intel's supposed flagship desktop processor, the Pentium Extreme Edition 965.'"
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Core Duo - Intel's Best CPU?

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  • by TERdON ( 862570 ) on Tuesday April 18, 2006 @09:55AM (#15148540) Homepage
    You're not even close to how a Prescott would feel in a laptop...

    The Vaio AFAIK contains a Pentium M - which means they're on the very cool end of Intel processors.
  • No way! (Score:2, Funny)

    by thetaco82 ( 791202 ) on Tuesday April 18, 2006 @10:02AM (#15148603)
    So, Intel's new 65nm process is better than their older processes? Weird...
  • by dpbsmith ( 263124 ) on Tuesday April 18, 2006 @10:11AM (#15148687) Homepage
    At the time it was introduced, there was no other microprocessor that came close to matching it.

    It was indisputably not only the best microprocessor Intel had produced to date, but the best microprocessor on the market.

    Simply no contest. No argument. It superlative in every way, the fastest, the cheapest, the lowest in power consumption, the most advanced in architecture, the widest path. It was king of the hill, the top of the tree, the Cadillac of microprocessors, the ne plus ultra, it bestrode the world of microprocessors like a colossus.

    The world will never again see the day when one manufacturer so dominated the microprocessor market that a single product had a 100.0% market share.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 18, 2006 @10:41AM (#15148976)
    Son, I say, son, that's a joke, son, when it was the first microprocessor on the market, with no competitors. By definition, it would be the fastest, cheapest, coolest, et cetera, as there is nothing else for means of comparison.

    Goddamn, are all the UIDs over 500000 stupid 13-year-old kids who don't understand English?
  • by jdbartlett ( 941012 ) on Tuesday April 18, 2006 @11:33AM (#15149544)
    These were the benchmarks left by an Intel Core Duo [wikipedia.org]. Compare that to the benchmarks left by the G5 laptop I built out of my old iMac [brad-carter.com]. Clearly, the G5 burns Intel Core Duo out of business. That's why Apple had to stop making them, G5 was actually too good for its own good - there wasn't the technology to keep those blindingly fast processors cool. Some days, I'd go to work only to find my computer was so fast it'd already opened my apps, written my code, saved the changes, compiled the new build, shut down, and caused a fire hazard, all before I'd finished my morning coffee. Clearly Apple no longer cares about it's customers, that's why it's downgrading to Intel. Clearly Apple is embarrassed by the fact that the G5 iMac outperforms the Intel iMac, that's why they stopped manufacturing the G5. Clearly, and I'll use a programming construct to phrase this because I'm so much more iNtelligent than you (though I'm loath to use those 5 letters that spelled the downfall of the Apple empire in the eyes of yours truly), the difference between (the difference between the announced iMac processor speed and the then G5 processor speed) and (the difference between the released iMac processor speed and the G5 processor speed) is revealing of the fact that Apple actually opened up all the old G5 units and removed the welded-in processors to downgrade them rather than upgrading the Intel machines between announcement and release...
  • Hard-Core (Score:3, Funny)

    by leabre ( 304234 ) on Tuesday April 18, 2006 @05:27PM (#15152814)
    I'm waiting for the Intel Hard-Core Extreme Edition: Keep your servers up and running all night, watch them scream.

    Uhmmm... count me in.


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