Alright, since I know the most of you don't want to sit here and read through 2,000 pages detailing each slide, I'm going to get right to the Jist of what Intel had to say. First and foremost, the Core 2 Duo (formerly Conroe) chip is an entirely new platform, and, when coupled with the 965 chipset, it provides a new level of performance, which is shown by Intel to be about 18% faster than AMD's at the very least. Perhaps the most impressive part of the evening in terms of processing power was the testing of an overclocked FX60 (to FX-62 levels), pitted against a T2600. While the overclocked chip took around 30 seconds to complete a financial computation task in a multithreaded modification of the Office 2007 Beta, the T2600 managed to do it in a lick over 11 seconds. Yet, for Intel, the show wasn't the new processor, it was about the platform which it defined, and the era which they sought to begin. Rather than performing a paper launch, Intel has dedicated a huge amount of resources to the production of the 965 Chipset as well as the Core 2 Duo chips. As such, Intel will be able to move enough product to keep the entire world supplied. The second portion of this platform has to do tremendously with how multimedia will interact with the living room, through the VIIV Platform, and the V Pro set for the business world. With VIIV, you will be able to turn any compatible motherboard into a full blown multimedia PC, and coupled with the right components, things like high definition video acceleration, adaptive de-interlacing, and absolutely incredible sound (The demo made you feel as if you wore good headphones), will be standards, rather than luxuries. Perhaps the nicest thing to the VIIV platform, though, from an end user standpoint is just how quiet it's engineered to be. After all, nobody wants to hear the whine of Intel's old stock heatsinks in the living room during the passion of a film. In order to take advantage of these features in the business world, Intel introduced V-Pro - which essentially exists to provide businesses with greater management solutions. Via a combination of virtual networking, multicore chips, and clever employment of the NX feature, it allows for office machines to be maintained and operated by remote technical support, saving the company time and money on pointless service calls, if not worse things like downed networks.
For myself, the real interest of this point in the show was a machine off on the side, running oblivion on a single x1900XTX (two cards were installed, but the applicable drivers were not), and a T2600 chip with just one GB of ram. Now, I've actually sunk 100+ hours into finishing oblivion, but when I saw this title running on here, it hit me, and made me far more impressed than my PC ever could. With EVERY detail maxed out, the game ran like an absolute dream at 1024x768. Of course, this was just with the CPU at 2.93GHz. Under the watchful (and somewhat worried) gaze of an Intel Rep, Moses, I began to take the CPU higher and higher up along the FSB curve. The Installed P5W-DH motherboard handled things admirably, and with ALL voltages and cooling options at their standard point, I had no trouble slamming the CPU upward to 3,300 MHz, then proceeding to fire oblivion up, and go right back to playing it, without a hitch. It's no wonder that this chip has been the overclocker's darling. With an easy step to 300FSB, and DDR2-1200 being just around the corner, plus crossfire support, I can soon foresee one editer who'll have one hell of a gaming rig.