KEY FINDINGS Executive summary Intel Corporation (Intel) commissioned Principled ® TM The Intel vPro technology based PC Technologies (PT) to compare the performance on Microsoft ® TM with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor Windows Vista of an Intel vPro technology-based PC with an E6700 yielded significant performance Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6700 with that of an AMD advantages over the AMD Athlon 64 X2 Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processor-based PC. We tested five TEST oREPORTn 5200+ processor-based PC our scenarios that featured real-time collaboration and business tests. FEBRUARY 2006 communication with Microsoft Office 2007 applications, The Intel vPro technology-based PC with business intelligence and predictive modeling using the Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6700 Microsoft Office Excel 2007 and Intuit QuickBooks Pro 2006, finished the tasks in our tests on average and new interface features of Windows Vista. We compared 1.45 times faster than the AMD Athlon 64 the performance of two platforms on these scenarios: X2 5200+ processor-based PC. The Intel vPro technology-based PC with • Intel vPro technology featuring an Intel Core 2 Duo the Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6700 also processor E6700 on an Intel DQ965GF motherboard delivered better slideshow transitions and • AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processor on an higher HD video playback quality in our ASUSTek M2NBP-VM CSM motherboard dual-monitor test. 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. The Intel vPro technology-based PC with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6700 was from 1.14 times to 2.21 times faster on our foreground and background tasks than the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processor-based PC and averaged 1.45 times faster across all the tasks. (In all comparisons in which we cite the average of task times, we Overall performance graph 1.80 1.60 1.40 1.20 1.00 0.80 0.60 5200+Performance 0.40 0.20 0.00 Intuit QuickBooks Excel Recalculation M onte Carlo Communications and scenario scenario simulation Collaboration scenario Scenarios AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processor-based PC Intel vPro technology based PCw ith Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6700 Figure 1: Normalized results for the foreground tasks on both test systems on four scenarios. Larger numbers indicate better performance. use the geometric mean of the normalized times for each task.) 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 Read the full TEST REPORT NOVEMBER 2006 Performance on Microsoft Windows Vista of Intel vPro technology-based and AMD processor-based PCs in common business scenarios.