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PCs Perform with AMD* Processors and Intel® vPro™ Technology

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PCs Perform with AMD* Processors and Intel® vPro™ Technology

Executive Summary

Intel Corporation (Intel) commissioned Principled Technologies (PT) to compare the performance on Microsoft Windows* Vista of an Intel® vPro™ technology-based PC with an Intel® Core™2 Duo processor E6700 with that of an AMD Athlon* 64 X2 5200+ processor-based PC. We tested five scenarios that featured real-time collaboration and communication with Microsoft Office* 2007 applications, business intelligence and predictive modeling using Microsoft Office* Excel* 2007 and Intuit QuickBooks* Pro 2006, and new interface features of Windows* Vista. We compared the performance of two platforms on these scenarios:
• Intel vPro technology featuring an Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6700 on an Intel® DQ965GF motherboard
• AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processor on an ASUSTek M2NBP-VM CSM* motherboard

Figure 1 shows the normalized results for the foreground tasks, the ones on which users typically wait for the system to respond, on the four test scenarios with numerical results. As it shows, the Intel vPro technology-based PC with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6700 outperformed the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processor-based system in all the test scenarios.

These performance improvements typically translated into time savings that users would notice and appreciate. For example, the longest background task took 50.39 seconds on the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processor-based PC but only 22.79 seconds--almost 28 seconds faster--on the Intel vPro technology-based PC with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6700.

So that we could make the two test systems as similar as reasonably possible while varying the processors and motherboards, we built the systems rather than purchasing them from vendors. Intel specified the general system types and supplied the processors and motherboards. We purchased common such components as RAM, hard disks, and optical drives.

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