Intel Core Duo T2400 + Linux
While Intel's Core 2 Duo is being readied for market with the introduction of Conroe, the Intel Core Duo has been a terrific performer and continues to be with its competitive feature set. However, do these same advantages come when computing under Linux? The processor we will be using to examine just that is the Intel Core Duo T2400, which has a maximum operating frequency of 1.83GHz, 2MB of L2 cache, 667MHz FSB, 65nm process, and maximum power consumption of 31 Watts. Not only have we taken the Intel Core Duo T2400 for a spin, but for a comparison as well we have provided numbers from the Intel Pentium M 750, which comes similarly clocked at 1.83GHz. Housing the Intel T2400 was a Lenovo ThinkPad T60, which had also packed in an ATI Radeon Mobility X1400, 1GB of DDR2, 80GB SATA drive, and 15.0" FlexView screen. The Pentium M 750 was used with a Lenovo ThinkPad R52. Though the specifications are not identical, they should certainly prove to be a viable comparison. Some of the Core Duo benefits include Intel Smart Cache, Digital Media Boost, Dynamic Power Coordination with Dynamic Bus Parking, and Enhanced SpeedStep Technology.
Both the Lenovo ThinkPad R52 and T60 work great under Fedora Core 5 with the 2.6.17 kernel. The only options not working out of the box with the Lenovo T60 was the Wifi and the integrated audio, which work after some tweaking. The ATI fglrx 8.26.18 drivers also had no problems with the Mobility X1400. The benchmarks used for demonstrating the real-world system performance was Enemy Territory, Doom 3, Quake 4, Gzip compression, LAME compilation, LAME encoding, BlueSail Software Opstone, FreeBench, and RAMspeed. We ran these benchmarks individually, as well as in the later part of this article had paired a few of these tests together to better represent multi-tasking.
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