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 todays launch of AMDs Barcelona Opteron processor. "We feel quite good about our performance," Kirk Skaugen, general manager for Intels server platforms group, told in an interview on 5 September. AMD had claimed that its processor would outpace Intels by 25 to 30 per cent on certain workloads.

The chipmaker has consistently highlighted Barcelonas 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 chips performance for Java, web, transaction and integer applications.

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