Originally Posted by clonewar
Really? Not from the early head to head tests that I've found so far: AnandTech: Intel "Harpertown" Xeon vs. AMD "Barcelona" Opteron Intel's Stoakley platform and 45nm Xeons - The Tech Report - Page 1
Those of course are comparing Barcelona to Intel's Harpertown Xeons, which ship in November. Its too bad that AMD couldn't release the quad Opteron with higher clock speeds (as they had announed long ago), because even though the AMD's have a batter design (on-board memory controller, etc), Intel's huge lead in clock speed still gives them the advantage.
Next year Intel is supposed to ship the Nehalem line, which will have and on-board memory controller, a replacement for the fsb (Interconnect), and up to 8 cores. Its getting very
I'm glad that AMD is finally bringing something back to put pressure on Intel... nothing better then competition.
I think its amazing that a 2Ghz Barcelona does floating point processes 15% faster than the fastest Harpertown Xeon. I'm pretty sure that like with the 1st and 2nd generation Opterons - AMD will release their faster Barcelonas over the next few months up to the 3ghz mark to match the fastest clock speeds intel is offering.
I totally agree - this is only good for all of us - MORE POWER!!!!
PS - the ABD Opteron / Barcelona 8350 (2Ghz) is $1K vs $2300 for the Harpertown Xeon - so essentially i could build a monster system - $4K for 4 Quad Opteron 2Ghz (16 cores), $1K for Tyan super mobo, $1.6K for 16 1GB PC2-667 ECC ram, etc. Thats not that bad for building something that can run a space station. :-)
PPS - Are intel's chips scalable to 16 or 32 cores?
PPPS - I have a Intel Core laptop - so dont think i hate on intel. But my current system is already way powerful so i get excited about this stuff and planning for the next DAW.