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Personal thoughts on the Conroe

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This is an opinion. Feel free to comment.

I got my E6600 a month ago. I immediately turned into a slavemaster and put both cores to work full time folding. Basically putting both cores to 100%.

Before that, I was running a 950D series doing the same thing.

Now, I've seen all the performance comparisons between the Conroe's and the various AMD's, and the Intel Preslers/Prescott's, etc. They are impressive. But, what is really amazing about these new processors is an intangible thing. It's the way the CPU works on a task level. Even at max utilization, the cores seem to have no problem what so ever switching to a new task and giving the OS it's full attention. I guess it's the way the cores fill the pipelines and pre-fetch that's changed. The transitions from thread to thread are almost seamless. A really amazing design.

My work loaned me one of those low power core 2 duo laptops. Runs at 1.8ghz or something like that. I loaded VMWare (Machine virtualization application) and was able to execute the following three virtual computers in tandem:
1) W2003 domain controller
2) W2000 server SQL 2000 server
3) W2000 server with Exchange 2003
And, of course, my "host" machine on the laptop: Windows XP professional.

So, the Core2 is juggling multi-threaded tasks between FOUR virtual PC kernels! SMOOTHLY!....on a laptop!

In the real world, the Core 2 kicks MAJOR bootay. Forget the benchmarks. Try to push it past it's limit. Hell, I'm thinking of beginning a third folding thread on my 6600. I'm not sure it would be a big deal to that processor.
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Nice, Those laptops look so nicee
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