Intel claims silicon crown despite AMD Barcelona

Intel is confident, with a few benchmark exceptions, that it will still have the fastest x86 processor in the market following today's launch of AMD's Barcelona Opteron processor. "We feel quite good about our performance," Kirk Skaugen, general manager for Intel's server platforms group, told vnunet.com in an interview on 5 September. AMD had claimed that its processor would outpace Intel's by 25 to 30 per cent on certain workloads.

The chipmaker has consistently highlighted Barcelona's performance on the SpecFP_rate2006 benchmark, which shows the performance of floating point calculations common in scientific modelling applications. But Skaugen argued that the benchmark represents only three per cent of the workloads in the enterprise, and that companies depend mostly on a chip's performance for Java, web, transaction and integer applications.

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fastest x86 processor ? rubbish, IBM set that with the 500Ghz and possibly 1Thz processor they cooled with liquid nitrogen

i want to know how much these new procs are comparred to Intels c2q. Ive been waiting for these to come out before i upgrade to know which is the best bang for ma buck.

shakey said,
i want to know how much these new procs are comparred to Intels c2q. Ive been waiting for these to come out before i upgrade to know which is the best bang for ma buck.

Wait a little longer. This isn't quite ready for Desktop systems, great for servers, tho.

Phenom will be out soon, wait for those.

David3k said,

Wait a little longer. This isn't quite ready for Desktop systems, great for servers, tho.

Phenom will be out soon, wait for those.

Sun's AMD workstations are pretty cheap; don't be surprised if you see them in there in the next month once they come into volume.