There was a press release from Nvidia related to the performance differences between Intel Core 2 Duo, and Intel i7 processors. Basically they observed that the Core 2 Duo was just as fast in real world games tests.
They just published this article last week.
I published documented findings to this same effect back on March 12, 2009. Nvidia, if you and yours have an interest in being on the edge or close to it, you really need to pick up your pace.
I installed a new Evga GTX260 core 216 video card into my E8400 based workstation. The video card generates a considerable amount of heat. This caused a hard drive in the E8400 workstation to get close to it’s temperature limits. I moved the card to the QX9650 workstation instead later in the evening. The QX9650 based system has much more efficient air flow and cooling. I am quite pleased with the increase in performance so far. At 1650×1080 I am able to increase the details to their maximum in my favorite online game. I increased the system RAM from 2G to 4G as well. The two upgrades caused Windows Vista to require re-activation yet again. I tried the online method. That failed. I used the phone upgrade method and that succeeded.
In the last couple days I have spent some quality time, at Tom’s Hardware, reading. I typically enjoy the Best graphics card of the month articles. I check the latest graphics charts. I check the current CPU performance charts.
I do that before I build a system. This time was no exception.
I check the realistic benchmarks. I check prices. Once I have the prices, I extrapolate the price/performance metrics. This often referred to as the “Bang for your buck” comparison. Performing the whole process is due diligence for any professional system builder. I happened upon a very amusing thread on the Forums at Tom’s Hardware that compared Intel vs. AMD pricing. The point of the thread was that the difference in price between the two compared processors was less than $100. That seemed to be accurate information. See the post here What was not presented is the difference in performance. An Intel E8400 will outperform any AMD processor available at retail at this time. An i7 processor can out perform any processor there is. That includes Xeon processors from Intel that cost thousands more. If $100 is going to make or break your computer building budget, save up your money a little bit longer and get the best performer for the price you can afford. Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor is still the “best bang for your buck” processor anyone’s money can buy.
I just ordered a new Evga 780i FTW motherboard and a GTX260 Core 216 video card. The order is processed and the parts are being picked now. I will perform benchmarks and performance metrics will be available soon. I purchased 4G of RAM recently also. This is currently in the E8400 based Voyager server.
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Today I installed the latest Fedora 10 64 bit kernel. Any time I install a new kernel I benchmark it. Today’s results are available here:
Phoronix Global Test result
There is a new kernel release for Fedora 10 released. It is readily available on the public mirrors. I highly recommend it. My initial tests show a 5% performance increase using the 188.8.131.52-170.2.56.fc10.x86_64 kernel.