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Cinebench ran AMD "Barcelona" 1.6 GHz in 27 seconds. (Source: DailyTech, Anh Huynh)

Cinebench ran Xeon X3220 2.4 GHz in 17 seconds. (Source: DailyTech, Anh Huynh)
An early AMD "Barcelona" revision gets its first non-simulated benchmark

Earlier today, AMD announced that it successfully demonstrated Barcelona across the server market.  The company did not publically state how fast the processor was running, the stepping of the processor, the processor thermal envelope or the eventual ship date.

We had the opportunity to benchmark the AMD Barcelona, native quad-core on an early stepping. We only had a few minutes to test the chip, but we were able to run a quick Cinebench before we were instructed to leave.

The AMD benchmark ran on a single-socket, K10 CPU running at 1.6 GHz on NVIDIA's nForce Professional 3400 chipset.  According to the system properties, the AMD system used 4GB of DDR2-667.

The most similar Intel system we could muster up on such short notice was an Intel Xeon 3220.  The Xeon X3220 is clocked at 2.4 GHz, and ran on Intel's Garlow platform (Intel X38).  This system property profile stated the system utilized 4GB of DDR2-800.

Cinebench completed the default benchmark in 27 seconds for the 1.6 GHz K10; 17 seconds for the Intel Xeon X3220.  The Kentsfield Xeon was 58% faster with a 50% higher clock frequency for Cinebench.

Both systems ran Windows 2003 R2, 64-bit.

AMD partner engineers tell DailyTech the chip we tested was the latest revision silicon.  The same engineers claim 2.0 GHz Barcelona chips are making the rounds, with 2.3 GHz already on the desktop and server roadmaps. 

AMD's current guidance suggests a late July announcement for Barcelona.  However, when DailyTech tracked down the individual partners named in AMD's press release, all cited "optimistic September" ship dates for motherboards. 

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How is it compared to dual x2s?
By GoatMonkey on 6/6/2007 8:30:48 AM , Rating: 2
What do a pair of dual core X2s (around the same clock speed) run in this benchmark?

RE: How is it compared to dual x2s?
By defter on 6/6/2007 8:40:11 AM , Rating: 2
There aren't any 1.6GHz dual core X2s, but here are some K8/Core2 scores:

3800+ (2GHz) Athlon64 X2 scores 558.

RE: How is it compared to dual x2s?
By PrinceGaz on 6/6/2007 9:31:25 AM , Rating: 2
I think he meant a 2P (dual-socket) system, as all X2's are dual-core. Of course he should have said dual Opteron 2xxx rather than dual X2. That way you would effectively have a quad-core K8 system to compare with the quad-core K10.

By GoatMonkey on 6/6/2007 10:54:24 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, I meant a pair of dual core Opterons.

Here's one that I found with a pair of 275s. It does 21.1 second at 2.2Ghz vs. 27 seconds for the new 1.6Ghz chip.

There must be some closer (clockspeed) benchmarks out there.

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