Originally Posted by mahtareika
Once again, I'm speachless.
Just imagine 6 or 7 Penryn's added to your farm!?...
I am definately watching the Penryn vs Barcelona contest closely. Barcelona has had some setbacks for sure, and I have no doubt that Penryn will perform quite well.
The technology that will be introduced with Barcelona is quite interesting. It may not prove to be a gamers cpu, but the cache and memory controller setup could show some suprising performance on programs like folding that have completly different bottlenecks than a game may have. It does not have the L2 cache that Penryn will, but it may not need it because of the way its memory controller and L3 cache is setup.
There are zero hard facts out on how the Barcelona and its various versions will perform with some types of software. I just think that the concepts involved in the new AMD quads may have some suprises in store.
But as you said, the Penryn will surely also bring some great performance to the table.