With Intel finally on par with Advanced Micro Devices in terms of CPU performance, memory bandwidth and basic server architecture, AMD is left to keep even or slightly ahead on performance and compete aggressively on price. And with the launch of the "Magny-Cours" Opteron 6100 processors today, which make use of AMD's own …
"A machine with two of the top-end 3.33 GHz Xeon X5680 six-core processors is rated at 381 on the SPECint_rate2006 integer benchmark and 257 on the SPECfp_rate2006 floating point test; with 48 GB of memory, that machine costs around $3,350.
A reference AMD platform with four sockets using the eight-core 6136 processors running at 2.4 GHz is rated at an estimated 574 on the integer test and an estimated 514 on the floating point test. With 128 GB of memory, that four-socket reference server is expected to cost just under $3,000. "
I think that is totally ok performance. Dont you agree?
8 Cores? 12 Cores!
# Twelve-core and Eight–core, L2 – 512K/core, L3 - 12MB of shared L3 Cache
# AMD CoolCore™ technology, AMD PowerNow!™ technology, Enhanced C1 state, AMD CoolSpeed technology, APML (in APML enabled platforms)
# Quad-Channel LV & U/RDDR3, ECC, support for on-line spare memory
# Supports up to 3 DIMMs/channel, up to 12 DIMMS per CPU
Above From AMD's website. A dual processor machine with 24 cores is a very interesting piece of hardware and miles ahead of Intel. Moreover, the AMD architecture runs more instructions per clock cycle than an Intel and Intel's Hyperthreading is nothing more than a gimmick.
AMD does it again, AMD rocks!
As a NASA system integrator for 10 years, they have never bought a Intel server from me. They realize that AMD gives them more performance for the dollar! Keep up the good work AMD!