Both AMD systems will use identical hardware which will include the following”
Both Intel systems will use the exact same setup, and also use as much as the same hardware as the AMD systems as possible. where obviously the Intel system is based on a different chipset and memory, I decided that the comparison would be as much from a financial standpoint as performance.
The DFI board is using the 623-3 BIOS (latest official release), and the ASUS board is using the 4-22 BIOS (again, latest official release). All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows XP with SP2.
Benchmarking dual core processors at this time is still fairly difficult, as there just aren’t many prorams out there to really do it right. What I decided in the end was to run our normal suite of benchmarks, then follow that up with some multi tasking, running the same benchmarks again with Norton Anti-Virus.