The already intense CPU war is set to intensify later this year and continue early next years with the introduction of AMD's Phenom X4s and X2s and Intel's 45nm Wolfdales and Yorkfields. But while AMD is still talking about the new Phenoms (codename Agena and Kuma), Intel is simply doing its new thing and that is letting a few samples of its upcoming processors 'slip' into the hands of testers.
With Phenom benchmarks still non-existent, the guys at HKEPC have posted the first results with one of Intel's new 45nm CPUs, a dual-core 2.33GHz Wolfdale. Put up against a Conroe E5550 clocked at 2.33GHz, the forthcoming Wolfdale has managed to beat its older brother in every single test conducted.
Clocked at 2.33GHz, with a 1333MHz FSB and 6 MB of L2 cache, the Wolfdale has shown advantages as low as 0.22% in the ALU test of Sandra 2007 and 0.78% in PCMark 05's CPU test but it has also returned performance gains of 115.63% when encoding with DivX 6.6 Alpha, 31.12% when playing Half-Life 2 and 16.72% when trying out Serios Sam 2.
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