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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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By pjpizza on 6/6/2007 5:24:56 PM , Rating: 0
I hope AMD kicks Intels' butt... But I've hoped for many things, and my new Cayenne just won't start... Without gas... Or spark plugs... Just kidding...

It's just that watching Intel going down for the count is,... like fun.

I'm really tired, and I want an AMD!




By jazkat on 6/28/2007 10:35:00 PM , Rating: 2
dont panic you will be gettin an amd cpu,
it was only running at 1.6, also
from amd:

Motherboard Problems

The motherboard we tested on had minimal HT functionality and wouldn't run at memory speeds faster than DDR2-667, most 3D video cards wouldn't even work in the motherboard. Memory performance was just atrocious on the system, but the motherboard manufacturers we worked with attributed this to BIOS tuning issues that should be fixed in the very near future.
the current boards required some heavy BIOS work before the new chips would even work, much less perform up to the expectations, In the end performance was absolutely terrible,

thats why the benches were crap and why amd would'nt let anyone test barcelona, the demos that AMD ran were on its own motherboards and they werent functioning correctly.


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