AMD claims new quad-core will trounce Xeon

By Justin Mann on March 1, 2007, 8:34 PM
While still offering no release dates (not even tentative) or even numbers on paper, AMD has cited some loose figures that put their next Quad-core CPU based on newer technology as a superior performer. Comparing it to the Xeon Clovertown core, they are claiming they will have performance gains in the area of 42% higher than Intel's server beast. Some are being more vague, but still citing improvements:

Mario Rivas, general manager of AMD's microprocessor group, said Barcelona will provide a double-digit leap in integer performance over the quad-core Xeon, though he declined to be more specific. Henri Richard, chief of sales and marketing at AMD, said Barcelona will have a significant integer performance lead over Intel's quad-core chips.
Could they possibly see another surge of success like they did with the Opteron? Considering the lengthy delays in getting it out, I doubt it, but to at least hear from them is somewhat encouraging. There's no doubt they've been slipping, both against Intel and against Nvidia.

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PanicX said:
Am I the only one thats unimpressed by claims that a processor to be released in the (apparently distant) future, will out perform a processor thats been released for weeks now?
Michel Merlin said:
No you are not alone ;)Most likely Intel will have +100% when (and if...) AMD has the "+42%" suggested.But a successful company has to produce or to speak - according to what they actually have in store...Versailles, Fri 2 Mar 2007 14:49:20 +0100
mirob said:
Final samples are to be delivered to manufacturers in May, starting mass production in June. Barcelona chips will run at 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3GHz at at launch in Q2 with 95w TDP. Chips running at 2.4 and 2.5Hz will be released in Q3 with 120w TDP. The fastest on the map is a 2.6GHz chip expected Q2 2008.[url]
=0[/url]It will be fall before anyone can buy a AM2 variant. I wonder most about pricing. I hope it can lower prices by over 50% just as Core 2 has. Not likely because Barcelona has a 11 layer process compared to Core 2's eight and it's bigger. AMD should have a higher defect rate and need to charge more.
peas said:
Both Intel and AMD have hit performance barriers with their micro-architectures. That's why they have to keep adding cores instead of actually improving single threaded performance.It's a pipe dream to think that Intel is going to achieve a "100%" performance improvement in the near future. 10% per quarter is more realistic unless they release a new core (which won't happen for at least a few years).
mirob said:
[b]Originally posted by peas:[/b][quote]unless they release a new core (which won't happen for at least a few years).[/quote]Next year Nehalem will be released by Intel. It's a new design with a new socket and CSI. Intel said the new Bearlake chipsets and DDR3 are good for a over 10% boost in performance. With 45nm and higher FSB this should make for some good competition late this year. I think Intel will have a price advantage and AMD will a have a performance advantage. How much remains to be seen. These numbers a too vague.
howzz1854 said:
Nehalem is still based on the core micro architecture, but a improved variant.
howzz1854 said:
news just in, the new Barcelona 2.6 will Debute Monday. stated by two French AMD marketing official, let it be true or not, we'll find out on monday. should be interesting.. source: [url]
black_death said:
I have no doubt the new AMD quad core processors will be good but I dont think they have the resources to beat Intel especially to that degree, I hope this isnt a case of Apple marketing.
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