AMD shows sunny side of Barcelona

Randy Allen, corporate vice president for server and workstations at AMD, announced the company is on track to ship its Barcelona quad-core server chip in production volumes sometime around the middle of this year. Server vendors already have samples of the quad-core chip, and systems are expected to start arriving in the third quarter. The hope is that Barcelona's design, in which four processing cores rest on the same piece of silicon, delivers enough of a performance boost over Intel's quad-core Xeon chip, which is two dual-core chips in a single package. AMD contends that's an inelegant design that doesn't solve Intel's problems with memory bandwidth.

Still, Intel has quad-core chips now for those who want them, while AMD doesn't. The company ran a demo comparing the performance of two four-socket servers, one using the quad-core Barcelona chip and one using a dual-core Opteron chip. The demo measured the performance of the chips on an imaging benchmark called POV-Ray, and as you might expect, the quad-core chip finished its task quicker than the dual-core chip. The quad-core chip processed about 4,000 pixels per second in rendering the image, while the dual-core chip could only hit around 2,000 pixels per second. Allen said Barcelona was not running at the fastest clock speed that will be available at launch, although he declined to specify the speeds that will be available.

AMD did not test Barcelona's performance against one of Intel's quad-core Clovertown Xeon processors, but Allen said Barcelona "will be the highest-performing x86 chip out there. It will blow away Clovertown." But soon after AMD's Barcelona arrives, Intel will launch its Penryn processors, which are expected to be a significant improvement once again over the current generation. AMD made its biggest mistake by letting Intel get ahead; the smaller company should never be the one playing catchup.

News source: News.com

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i think they need to look at going more the CELL type processor way with a combo of 4 cores + 2 R600's for stream processing all on a single pakage i think that'd be nice and pretty kick ass

Atlonite said,
i think they need to look at going more the CELL type processor way with a combo of 4 cores + 2 R600's for stream processing all on a single pakage i think that'd be nice and pretty kick ass

They are, its called fusion and its coming in 2010

To Little....To Late....To Bankrupt.

I have just built a Athlon 64 x2 machine and while it was a great bargain for the performance I look at how much debt that AMD has built up and don't think they can ever get back on top unless there next gen stuff really beats Intels stuff by a good margin.

If it's a tie and they are forced to sell it at higher prices to recoup their outstanding debt I really doubt they will make it out of the hole they are in now.

Interesting I hope AMD can deliver although Intel seems to be working on something to beat them already, even before AMD has released them. This healthy competition can only lead to faster more efficient processors at good prices, best luck to both of them.

The only thing that is sad, that AMD always uses twice lower L2 chase comparing with INTEL. I am still planing to get MacBook and AMD chip for my old computer. But everything will depend on the Phenom price, quad core...

Intel has to use more cache to "mask" the memory bandwidth issue. AMD can get away with less because of HTT. Also, this chip is supposed to have L3 cache.

That's not a good fight at all, how is it a fight when the fighter fights after the end of the fight?

*too many "fight"s in this sentence*

Tantawi said,
That's not a good fight at all, how is it a fight when the fighter fights after the end of the fight?

And since when has the fight finished?

This "it's all over" attitude that so many people have is rediculous... In fact, AMD is still putting up a strong fight in the mid-range processors, but it seems that most people are just comparing the fastest chips available.

Chugworth said,

And since when has the fight finished?

Here, from the article:

But soon after AMD's Barcelona arrives, Intel will launch its Penryn processors, which are expected to be a significant improvement once again over the current generation. AMD made its biggest mistake by letting Intel get ahead; the smaller company should never be the one playing catchup.