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Intel hits back at AMD desktop performance claims

Tweedledum and Tweedledee engage in CPU battle
Mon Feb 10 2003, 11:10
CHIP GIANT INTEL reacted swiftly to the release of a Barton 3000+ processor from AMD today and said vendor claims should not be used to decide the performance of a chip.

We'll remember that when you launch your 3.20GHz Pentium 4, Intel.

Earlier today, we reported that AMD had claimed its Barton 3000+, which has a clock frequency of 2.17GHz, using a set of "industry standard" benchmarks, meant that it outperformed its competition by 17 per cent.

But Intel hit back today, claiming its 3.06GHz Pentium 4, which uses hyperthreading technology, remains the world's highest performance desktop processor.

AMD uses PR ratings, based on a suite of software, originally based on an earlier Athlon processor, which presumably is still the base mark for these "+" figures.

Intel bases its own claims to the performance crown by saying a variety of benchmarks including SPECint_base 2000 and SPECfp_base 2000 proved that.

Further, said an Intel representative, hyperthreading provides "up to 25% higher performance in some cases" for multitasking and multithreaded usage models.

What's really puzzling to us is that on roadmaps the INQUIRER saw last week, AMD appeared to have downed the frequency of a Barton 3000+ from 2.25GHz to 2.17GHz and claimed this was a plus.

We have asked AMD to comment on the reason for this statement but so far we haven't had a reply from the company.

And so the chip wars continue... µ

See Also
AMD claims latest chip beats Intel on performance
AMD stretches out Athlon XP life with Barton plans
AMD caught Intel on hop with Clawhammer delay


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