I’ve had several requests for links to benchmark data on the new AMD and Intel processors that have launched over the past couple weeks. We added a little bit of information with our posting of SGI’s SPEC results for its forthcoming UV line running the Xeon 7500s. Yesterday one of AMD’s marketing drones pointed to some SPEC results for the 6100 from the AMD blogs.
You can get over 40 pages of benchmark data on the new Opterons at AMD’s performance portal, www.amd.com/opteronperformance (select the AMD Opteron 6100 Series Processor and then the power bands and workload you in which you are interested). Here are some highlights (pay attention to how hard they are hitting Intel’s products, calling them by name rather than the more nebulous “the competition”)
1. Servers using AMD Opteron processor Model 6174 (12-core 2.2GHz) have higher SPECint®_rate2006 and SPECfp_rate2006 performance (at a lower processor price) than servers using Intel Xeon processor Model X5680 (6-core 3.33GHz)…
2. Servers using AMD Opteron™ processors Model 6136 (8-core 2.4GHz) have higher SPECint_rate2006 and SPECfp_rate2006 performance (at a lower processor price) than servers using Intel Xeon processor Model X5570 (4-core 2.93GHz)….
3. Value Four-Socket Servers using four AMD Opteron processors Model 6136 (8-core 2.4GHz) have higher SPECint_rate2006 and SPECfp_rate2006 performance (at a lower total processor price) than servers using two Intel Xeon processors Model X5680 (6-core 3.33GHz).
There are many, many other comparisons both in this post and in the published benchmark data, though you have to read between the lines (and bring your salt grains) since these numbers are from the vendor, ableit at least some of this data is reported within the context of the SPEC process.
In particular you might be interested in the HPC Application Performance Summary chart for two socket servers from the performance pages; covered are LS-DYNA, GROMACS, and FLUENT.
These comparisons were obviously run before yesterday’s launch of Intel’s 8-core platform, and I suspect that a head-to-head between Beckton and Magny Cours would not skew so heavily in AMD’s favor.