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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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Doesn't phase me too much
By Zurtex on 6/6/2007 8:51:11 AM , Rating: 2
Well this kind of benchmark doesn't phase me too much. Early silicon, much lower clockspeed, far from ideal benchmark conditions.

I'm waiting to put off making a new computer till the end of the year, even if AMD doesn't deliver equal or better chips than Intel, I can't imagine they'll be taking a step back, so Intel will undoubtedly cut their prices yet further.

RE: Doesn't phase me too much
By defter on 6/6/07, Rating: 0
RE: Doesn't phase me too much
By Zurtex on 6/6/2007 9:32:00 AM , Rating: 3
Sorry, by early silicon, I mean not final silicon. I remember the AM2+ having early benchmarks (1 or 2 months before launch) and it improving 3-6% in some sectors still before final launch.

Ideal benchmark conditions would not be described as "quick and dirty". They would also be CPUs given by AMD and their specs would be ones similar to AMDs roadmap.

RE: Doesn't phase me too much
By darkpaw on 6/6/07, Rating: 0
RE: Doesn't phase me too much
By paydirt on 6/6/2007 9:12:46 AM , Rating: 2
nVidia did not cut their prices when it was discovered that the 2600 did not outperform the 8800GTX. So don't hold your breath that Intel will cut their prices beyond the somewhat aggressive July 22nd price cut.

RE: Doesn't phase me too much
By Zurtex on 6/6/2007 9:33:11 AM , Rating: 2
Errr, yeah. But the K8 CPU is hot on the heels in the budget world of Intels CPUs. There's not a HUGE difference between getting a budget AMD platform and a budget Intel platform at the moment, in some cases I'd even advise AMD as the better platform. So if AMD can push the price performance with this new architecture and it can push out of the budget sector, Intel will either have to yield the crown or cut prices even more aggressively, given their current attitude I don't imagine their choice will be to yield.

I realise that that relies on a couple of ifs, but AMD have had plenty of time to do R&D, I don't seem them falling back with a new architecture. But only time will tell.

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