Chicago (IL) – AMD has posted performance “estimates” of its upcoming Barcelona quad-core processor on its website.The results publishedthe company’s claims from earlier this year, where the processor outruns Intel’s 2.66 GHz quad-core Xeon processor X5355 by about 21% in integer throughput (Specint_rate2006) and by about 49% in floating point throughput (Specfp_rate2006).
These numbers indicate that AMD can restore its competitiveness in the single and dual-socket server and workstation market (The Xeon 5355 is 50% and 15% faster than an Opteron 2222 SE in these specific benchmarks, according to the charts posted by AMD), but we will have to wait until the official release of the processor to see how a then current quad-core Opteron will compare to a the current Xeon.
While the posted benchmarks refer to a 2.6 GHz Barcelona processor, the processor will only be available with up to 2.0 GHz. According to the Inquirer, versions with up to 2.5 GHz will follow later in Q4. The numbers posted by AMD may turn out to be close to what Intel may be able to offer, as the blue team is already shipping limited numbers of 3.0 GHz Xeon quad-core processors and will be launching faster Xeon quad-core processors with the 45 nm Penryn core in Q1 2008.