A Glance into the Future: Six-Core AMD Istanbul in a Desktop Platform. Page 6
[10/18/2009 07:27 PM | CPU]
by Ilya Gavrichenkov
It no secret to anyone anymore that in about 6 months AMD and Intel will roll out their six-core processors for desktop platforms. However, we decided not to wait until then and put together a system with a six-core processor today. It is built around a six-core AMD Opteron 2435 from Istanbul family.
PCMark Vantage: General Performance
To estimate the average performance we resorted to synthetic PCMark Vantage test that nevertheless uses algorithms also employed in popular applications.
Unfortunately, six-core Opteron processors yield to both: Phenom II X4 and Core i7-920 in PCMark vantage. But in this case it isn’t surprising, because this benchmark emulates the work of popular algorithms that are currently rarely optimized for multi-threaded environments. In other words, the results obtained in this benchmark show us that six-core processors are not yet a good universal solution for desktop platforms.
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