Barcelona gets a speed boost
AMD has received the latest B0 stepping from the factories and the results indicate that the folks at AMD’s Austin campus were so pleasantly surprised they were reportedly “dancing in the aisles”. We’re still unclear what caused the speed boost but as long as we know the result it’s irrelevant. When Barcelona was first announced we were told that speeds would range from 1.9-2.5GHz, now with the new stepping, AMD fans can look forward to models clocked at 2.6, 2.7, and 2.9GHz, as well as a dual-core varient clocked at 2.7GHz and a Quad FX Socket F chip with a stock speed of 2.8GHz.
AMD told IT Week that the new processors, based on SPECcpu2006 benchmarks, will command a 50 percent advantage in floating point performance and 20 percent integer performance over Intel?s fastest quad-core offering. AMD?s first quad-core chips are due this summer.
Randy Allen, corporate vice president, server and workstation business, AMD, said: ?With our native quad-core technology, AMD continues to build off of a consistent architecture and will deliver more than just four processing cores. We believe that our enhanced architecture will deliver increased performance and performance-per-watt without forcing disruptive platform transitions. Investment protection continues to be a central focus of our customer-centric design principles.?