Intel Core 2 Duo (Conroe) Ten Year Anniversary: Anandtech Looks Back

Our buddy Ian Cutress at Anandtech has just penned an interesting article that considers the ten year anniversary of the Intel Conroe architecture and the launch of its Core 2 Duo series of 64-bit processors. The launch is clearly a mark in the sand in terms of CPU design, manufacturing and the concept of Moores Law which today, looks almost done and dusted. Ian takes a look back at Conroe and the landmark technologies that mad it such a game changer back in 2006, as well as a look into what the future of x86 computing looks like:

“Today marks a full 10 years since the first Core 2 Duo processors, and hence Intel’s 64-bit Core microarchitecture, were made officially available at retail. These included a number of popular dual-core processor parts, including the seemingly ubiquitous E6400 and the Core 2 Extreme X6800. These were built on Intel’s 65nm process, and marked a turning point in the desktop processor ecosystem. To quote Anand in our launch review: ‘you’re looking at the most impressive piece of silicon the world has ever seen’.”

“For a number of our readers, the launch of Conroe was a vast change in the processing landscape. The family of Netburst, Northwood and Prescott processors, in the form of Pentium D and Pentium 4, showed that pursuing the frequency race pushed the silicon far outside its efficiency zone and left a hot, power hungry mess in its wake. It didn’t even come with a muscular V8 sound, and AMD’s Athlon 64 X2 line had taken both the performance and efficiency crown.”

Read the full article here on Anandtech.

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