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AMD Barcelona versus Intel Clovertown and Tigerton benchmarks

It appears that some slides for AMD’s Barcelona launch next Monday has come in to my possession and SPECint_rate2006 benchmarks were included. AMD caught wind that I was going to be analyzing and posting the leaked data and they just called me explaining that they wanted to give me some updated slides.

I don’t know exactly what it was but I know that some of the numbers posted for Intel on SPECfp_rate2006 were outdated. I explained that I never signed (or verbally agreed to) an NDA on these slides and I didn’t intend to sign an NDA at this late point in the game and the gentleman from AMD was fine with that. But once I explained what I was going to do, AMD’s rep asked me for 30 minutes to check on some numbers.

When he called back, I never got any updated slides but I did get a strong hint that I might be posting inaccurate information on Barcelona performance and that maybe I wouldn’t be journalistically accurate. The gentleman strongly hinted that the numbers may change on the official launch next Monday compared to the numbers that I’ve extrapolated for now. Now this sounded nothing like the first call and it sounded to me like AMD just didn’t want the numbers posted. Of course it’s quite possible that newer SPEC benchmark numbers were submitted and the slides that I have are using older numbers. Since the word “change” was used, that tells me that the numbers I have are legitimate but they may have been tweaked a bit since.

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AMD, Intel, Barcelona, Clovertown, Tigerton, Benchmark, Benchmarking, Performance, Optimization

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