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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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Did anyone look at the systems?
By Treckin on 6/8/2007 4:12:06 AM , Rating: 1
I just wanted to point out that the xeon was run on the x38 chipset... Supposedly the highest end enthusiast chipset that money cant even buy yet...
Honestly, this was a horrible benchmark IMO. It is worthless to compare a beta 1.5 server silicon chip to a well developed, second or third iteration production model clocked at nearly 175% of the speed. Also, the article didnt say whether we were looking at phenom or one of the lower derivatives... or if it was socket f or am+, or if it were the ominous + series... This was a poorly reported test, and should have been not reported on for reason of quality (or lack there of). I honestly expected more from DT on this one. I can only think that they were all giddy over barcelona + benchmark that they soiled themselves and impulsively posted faulty/unverifiable/unreliable/biased data.
This could be like comparing a super low end c2d to ... um .... a brand new quadcore 1 bizillian mb cache beast on a Brand

By Gravemind123 on 6/8/2007 1:02:15 PM , Rating: 2
It also shows that the Phenom was using DDR2-667 instead of DDR2-800, whether or not this benchmark relies on memory speeds as a factor could also be an issue. This is also only one benchmark, and we have to wait and see if this trend continues for other applications.

By murphyslabrat on 6/8/2007 1:37:00 PM , Rating: 2
I hate to be another naysayer, but as has already been pointed out, Conroe was kicking but and taking names well before the 1-month-till-launch point.

I will be getting an AMD CPU regardless of absolute performance. AMD has been very competitive with price/performance in the low- to mid-range segment, and I don't have $700 to spend on a CPU, let alone the system.

The bottom line is that Barcelona(at least at this point) is not the C2D killer that we-AMD fans-have been looking for. Although it will mean quad-core and improved IPC's for AMD, it isn't that magical Athlon64 II.

RE: Did anyone look at the systems?
By dess on 6/8/2007 1:41:06 PM , Rating: 2
Phenom is a brand name/moniker of the desktop series. This one in the test was an Opteron brand chip with a Barcelona core, so the server variant.

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