Interesting read for sure. Hard to know who to believe anymore.
Itâ€™s fictitious since AMD doesnâ€™t have a 2.6 GHz Barcelona quad-core CPU and they wonâ€™t even have it in September which is already late by AMDâ€™s original timeline. The fastest Barcelona processor coming out in September is 2.0 GHz. It isnâ€™t really clear when AMD will be able to ramp up the clock speed an extra 30% to get to 2.6 GHz but it most likely wonâ€™t be any time soon because processors donâ€™t just ramp 30% over night.
The numbers AMD posted for Intelâ€™s XEON X5355 and X5160 have been outdated since April 2007 and you need a magnifying glass to see that disclaimer in the fine print on the bottom. The actual up-to-date SPEC.org certified scores for the two Intel products listed are significantly higher. It not like AMD can claim that they forgot to include the very latest scores which were just posted days ago, weâ€™re talking months here so itâ€™s a blatant omission.
Intelâ€™s XEON X5365 3.0 GHz quad-core CPU which shipped back in April was deliberately omitted from these results even though AMD showed off numbers for a 2.6 GHz Barcelona chip which doesnâ€™t even have a launch date yet. Putting in 2.0 GHz Barcelona scores would be shady enough since the part hasnâ€™t officially launched yet but including 2.6 GHz Barcelona scores is just outrageous
As you can see from above, AMDâ€™s claim that they have a 20% clock-for-clock advantage with Barcelona is simply wrong. Based on the latest certified SPEC.org results, AMD has a little more than a 1% clock-for-clock performance advantage in a dual-socket 8-core Server configuration but they have 50% clock speed deficit when the Barcelona finally launches in September. That means Barcelona will not be the Intel quad-core killer that AMD has been promising for most of this year and it wonâ€™t even be close.
The deception doesnâ€™t end with the quad-cores; AMD is also claiming to have an advantage on dual-core processors when in fact they have a major performance deficit. AMD claims to have a 2.5% advantage when Intel actually has a 14.7% advantage when youâ€™re looking at the certified SPEC.org scores.