|- It's not a bad CPU. You'd be staring at a blank screen if you had a bad CPU.|
- Of course you're not gonna notice a difference in internet/email speed. If you want to browse the net faster, you'll have to pay for a faster internet connection.
- Running a synthetic benchmark (SiSoft, 3DMark CPU test, etc) is the easiest way to check CPU performance.
- There are quite a few "real-world" applications out there that are as good at isolating CPU performance as the synthetic tests. x264 is a program that I use to compress 42GB blu-ray M2TS streams to 12GB MKV files. It's probably one of the most scalable apps out there--one that can even push a dual-Xeon (8 threads) to its limits! If you're not lazy and truly want to see how your CPUs compare, you could drop the Celery-M back in to encode a 5-10 minute H.264 video using x264, then reinstall the C2D and encode the same video. The C2D should be more than twice as fast!
Dual core Opteron 185 @ 3.2GHz on A8N32-SLI Deluxe
4GB of CL2 PC3200
2x 8800GTS in SLI
Blu-Ray and HD-DVD
X-Fi Titanium for PCI-E
Samsung 24" LCD