AMD Vesus Intel Battle of the Dual-Core CPUs :: Setup

05-09-2005 · Category: Hardware - Processors

By Doc Overclock

We used the test kits as they we received to us from both Intel and AMD with the exception of the VGA card and hard drives that we use in all our standard tests. We tested with the 32-Bit Windows OS, as the 64-Bit version is still excessively buggy for prime time and offered more problems than solutions when trying to create and run your own tests. Usually we use many different types of memory in a review, but time was of an essence for this review so we forgo doing that this round. Heat issues were abundant with the new Intel 840 as the lowest temperature we could get it to run at was 60+ Degrees Celsius. The memory for this round was provided by Crucial by way of Intel and AMD's test kits so that is what we used by default in lieu of our standard Crucial Ballistix used in all other tests.


AMD Vesus Intel Battle of the Dual-Core CPUs AMD CPU Temp

AMD CPU Temp

AMD Vesus Intel Battle of the Dual-Core CPUs Intel CPU Temp

Intel CPU Temp


I must say in all fairness to AMD that the board they sent to us as their platform representative was much more user friendly than Intel's 955 board that gave us nothing but a hard time right out of the gate. We spent a week of our time just getting the board to even recognize their own damn CPU, which was more than a mere headache as it sent us back on our schedule by days and wasted many precious man hours just fiddling with the board. Then there were the constant heat issues, which plagued the Intel platform even more, leaving a bad taste in my mouth for the first time. I get a lot of email from people saying how they wish they had this job or how easy we reviewers have it, but they only see the rosy side of the picture not the sixteen hour days we spend sometimes just getting the equipment to function properly. That is not even mentioning the stress we are under to meet NDA dates and get proper and accurate unbiased reviews posted for our readers. Trust me; not all is roses in the reviewer's game.

Since I am already on a tirade, I will continue my venting by commenting on the piece of crap design that is the LGA775 Heatsink. What were these people thinking, this is by far the absolute worst design I have come across in all my years as a tech head. Intel's own directions on installing the thing are wrong as they tell you to set the pins by pushing the thumb loader into the board and then turning the tab 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it into place. This is incorrect as the thumb loader itself is what locks it into place and turning it 1/4 turn counterclockwise unlocks the CPU from the board allowing you to pull them out of their mounting hole. If anyone disagrees with this, try it yourself. Place the LGA775 cooler in its proper mounting position, put the round thumb loaders with the round edge outward, and push the thumb loaders in until you hear a snap, which signifies the CPU cooler locked itself on the board. Now to remove it, turn the thumb loader in the counterclockwise direction, and then pull the thumb loaders out of the board with two fingers. AMD's CPU coolers on the other hand are so simple to install it is ludicrous. Anyone who knows me knows I have always been an Intel user since my life is one big multitasking event day after day, and Intel in the past has been the better platform for that environment. The reason I say this is that Intel as of late has really disappointed me and if these issues were not so relevant I would be hard pressed to give Intel bad press, but somewhere, somehow, someone must call them to task. We did eventually get the Intel system up and going properly, but the board and CPU for us were just a bit too finicky to give high praise.