Introduction

Over a year and half has passed since AMD announced their K8 architecture to the world, and what has changed? Well, "a heck of a lot" is the answer. The Opteron has proven itself as a worthy competitor to the infamous Intel Xeon line-up of processors, and Intel has been following AMD for a change, something no one could have predicted a few years ago. Dual-core processors are on the horizon; AMD demonstrated theirs with Hewlett Packard just a few weeks ago, and Intel demonstrated theirs at the Intel Developers Conference in September, 2004.

So, we've seen AMD compete on both the desktop and server market, but does this transgress into a victory in corporate America? Well, it has certainly piqued their interest enough for Intel to comment about it in a recent news.com article. Itanium hasn't been quite the success that Intel was hoping for, but that doesn't mean that AMD has the server market by the reigns quite yet, not even close. AMD still has an uphill battle to fight, with Intel owning over 80% of the PC processor market, and AMD owning about 15% as of August 2004. To AMD's credit, they have signed a few of the first-tier customers like HP, IBM and Sun, and last November, AMD has announced their new manufacturing plant in Dresden to keep up with demand.

One thing for certain is that neither of the processor giants are sitting around taking their success lightly. Well aware that AMD is knocking on the door, Intel has finally released the new Nocona line of Xeons, which follow in the 64bit footsteps of AMD with EM64T. AMD has released their latest Opteron clock increase with the new 250 line of processors, which is a 2.4 GHz Opteron for those who prefer the clock speed version.

Nocona - New Life into the Xeon Line-up
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  • knitecrow - Monday, September 13, 2004 - link

    Something caught my eye:

    "The difference in performance between the Opteron 250 and the Nocona 3.6 is approximately 2%, which is also our tolerance for deviation between test runs."

    I know its an unfair charge to level against this site, as everyone does it, but why aren't there any error bars?

    In my freshman physics class they really made the point that graphs with out error bars are useless.... and the work was rubbish.

    Just by looking at the graph I can't tell the variance or the margin of error. Wouldn't it be helpful if we had the information?

    Anyway, just a thought.
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  • saechaka - Monday, September 13, 2004 - link

    the message is clear the beat must go on Reply
  • MAME - Monday, September 13, 2004 - link

    AMD > Intel once again Reply
  • Shadowmage - Monday, September 13, 2004 - link

    The Opteron applies extreme beats yet again! :D Reply

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