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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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RE: nvidia nforce 3400
By defter on 6/6/2007 8:38:43 AM , Rating: 2
The main difference between Barcelona and Budapest is the socket. Thus, people use term "Barcelona" to describe whole range of K10 based products, just like people are using "Penryn" to describe 45nm desktop and server products (even though Penryn is a codename for a mobile chip).

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if am2 you also have less performance due to the board


Why would AM2 boards would have less performance? Actually, all Opteron 1000 series CPUs use socket AM2: http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/TechnicalResou...


RE: nvidia nforce 3400
By raven3x7 on 6/6/2007 3:10:49 PM , Rating: 1
No Budapest also has HT3 while Barcelona is still HT1. Also what makes you think that its impossible to make a Socket F nf3400 board. There is no technical limitation preventing it.


RE: nvidia nforce 3400
By Spoelie on 6/8/2007 11:17:20 AM , Rating: 2
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