Intel: Harpertown Xeon Performance Will Beat QC Opteron

In the only raw performance test figures revealed yesterday by Intel Senior Vice President Pat Gelsinger at Fall IDF in San Francisco, preliminary tests of the company's forthcoming quad-core "Harpertown" architecture Xeon 5400 show it beating a quad-core Opteron 2300 system in the critical SPEC floating point throughput rate test by just over 4%.

"We have leadership on a broad range of benchmarks," Gelsinger proclaimed yesterday, "literally every benchmark. But the area where competition is closest is in bandwidth-intensive and floating-point areas. And what we see here is [that], with the improvement of the 1600 [MHz] front-side bus, [and] the larger cache of 3.2 GHz, going from [Intel] Clovertown to Harpertown, a 34% improvement."

Intel's tests showed a current generation (Clovertown) Xeon X5365 scoring a 66.9 in the SPECfp_rate2006 test. BetaNews confirmed that number this morning with the SPEC database, which revealed it to be a peak performance number, not a base (mean or average) performance number; for the dual-processor Supermicro X7DB8+ system used by Intel in that test, the base performance score was 63.1.

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