Originally Posted by 6600Gt1047
What makes Conroe so much better?
Conroe is the first new architecture since Intel created the Pentium 4 (Netburst) architecture. It is significant in that it follows an entirely new method of data translation than the Pentium 4. I am not saying it is so much better as I don't know yet if it is, however I will not purchase a new Netburst when there is a new architecture around the corner just to find that I bought old technology that has been easily superceded by the new technology.
On March 7 2006, during the Spring IDF 2006, we are going to finally find out a more full trademark for the upcoming Conroe processors.
That being said, here is what we deduce:
Power requirements are significanly lower with Conroe. With Conroe, the reduction will be from about 95W for a fast Pentium 4, to ~65W with a drastically enhanced Performance per Watt (PPW) This will make a huge difference with dual/quad core architectures both at the workstation and server level.
Conroe, will support SSE4 instructions, which will be optimized for work with video and graphics.
There is a lot of rumor out right now but this is what is thought to be reality and the rest will soon be forthcoming. I await this forthcoming reality to base a decision on whether to upgrade or not. I would like to be able to have a single machine. One for both gaming and productivity and at the moment (since I appreciate both AMD and Intel's abilities for their given arena) I have two machines.