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Testbed and Methods

We chose top representatives from the previous generation dual-core Celeron processors based on 65 nm cores and from the Pentium processors that belong to contemporary Wolfdale generation as well as to the previous Allendale generation. Besides that, we also included AMD Athlon X2 5600 into our test session. Although it has been in the market for the past two years and has been formally taken off the company current price-list, its price makes it a direct competitor to dual-core Intel Celeron processors. As a result, the list of hardware and software components used during this test session looked as follows:

1.  Socket AM2 platform:

  • CPU: AMD Athlon X2 5600 (Brisbane, 2.9 GHz, 2 x 512 KB L2);
  • Mainboard: Gigabyte MA790GP-DS4H (Socket AM2+, AMD 790GX + SB750, DDR2 SDRAM).
  • Memory: 2 x 2 GB, DDR2-800 SDRAM, 5-5-5-15.

2.  LGA775 platform:

  • CPU:
    • Intel Pentium E5200 (Wolfdale, 2.5 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2);
    • Intel Pentium E2220 (Allendale, 2.4 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2);
    • Intel Celeron E3300 (Wolfdale, 2.5 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2);
    • Intel Celeron E3200 (Wolfdale, 2.4 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 1 MB L2);
    • Intel Celeron E1600 (Allendale, 2.4 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2).
  • Mainboard: ASUS P5Q Pro (LGA775, Intel P45 Express, DDR2 SDRAM).
  • Memory: 2 x 2 GB, DDR2-800 SDRAM, 5-5-5-15.

Besides the hardware components listed above, all test systems also included the following:

  • ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card.
  • Western Digital WD1500AHFD HDD.
  • Microsoft Windows Vista x64 SP2 OS.
  • Drivers:
    • Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 9.1.0.1007;
    • ATI Catalyst 9.7 Display Driver.
 
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