Quick and Dirty AMD K10 Cinebench
June 6, 2007 5:12 AM
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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
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
, 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 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
Xeon was 58% faster with a 50% higher clock frequency for Cinebench.
Both systems ran Windows 2003 R2, 64-bit.
AMD partner engineers tell
the chip we tested was the latest revision silicon. The same engineers claim 2.0 GHz
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
. However, when
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
6/6/2007 9:08:47 AM
Actually, these are effectively what your going to get on Bareclona, albeit this is only 1P, as they are sticking to HT1.x and Socket F Registered DDR2 for the first interation of the server SKU.
The improvements to I/O with HT3.0 won't really affect Single Socket systems, and are more geared toward the multi Socket platforms. So your maybe looking at 2-5% more with DDR2-800 on the desktop.
It was always going to be a close race in the Uni-processor arena, it's only in Multi Socket systems AMD's server based architecture gets to shine.
Though it is a little worrying if they are suppose to be launching in July and they are only demonstrating silicon at 1.6GHZ vs the rumored 2.3GHZ launch speed.
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