quote: T I'm saying now that we are comparing systems, comparing CPUs is not possible
quote: (and incidently we are comparing systems with a 4 month gap in hardware availability - this Intel system isn't even available yet).
quote: Again comparing AMD's only against Intel's best, Intel beats AMD just barely by using 269 watts at 100% load against 276.
quote: But then Intel gets a bonus because it does 3x the work for those watts, giving it over 3x the score. If we had a test system and swapped in one Intel CPU for another and then compared performance/watt it would be a much fairer comparison
quote: So basically the only use I see out of these numbers is helping a system administrator pick between Intel by server manufacturer X and Intel by server manufacterer Y. In this case I see the system administrator as already having decided between AMD and Intel - though it could be used to help decide this - and wanting to find the best performance per watt per server cost.
quote: This is because SPEC is not a consumer level benchmark suite
quote: Precisely, that is the intent of the benchmark
quote: we had a test system and swapped in one Intel CPU for another and then compared performance/watt it would be a much fairer comparison
quote: In terms of efficiency of the PSU as you try to argue, it does not matter.
quote: Yes, comparing system to system is the intent of the benchmark. However, the article said it was the intent of the benchmark to compare CPU to CPU, which it is not.