More Dual Core

The office BTX platform from this morning's keynote was also present for closer inspection, showing that dual core also has some use in the office - although granted there were no office performance demonstrations showcasing dual core vs. single core systems...for obvious reasons.

Intel did put together some relatively decent demos showcasing the benefits of dual core, the first was a video rendering test. Two systems rendered a single frame, one system was a Pentium 4 3.73EE, the other was a Pentium 4 3.2EE Dual Core. In this particular test, the dual core CPU rendered the scene in 45 seconds, compared to 67 seconds of the single core, higher clocked, Pentium 4 3.73EE.

There was also a demo of OCR software converting images into PDFs, once again using the two Pentium 4 EE processors from above. The dual core processor, despite a lower clock speed, managed to fly through the conversion about twice as quickly as the single core chip.

Obviously both of the aforementioned examples are demos constructed to show dual core in the best possible light, but they are gains that can be achieved once software takes advantage of dual and multi core configurations.

Intel also had a proof of concept game engine running that used multithreading to improve physics performance. Epic and id will evcentually have multithreaded game engines in their games, but we're at least another year or two away from that happening.

Final Words

Next up we've got Pat Gelsinger's keynote at IDF. Gelsinger usually has some very interesting keynotes, even if they aren't always things we can really write about. The keynote starts in half an hour, so expect an update within the next two hours.

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  • RectronBot - Thursday, March 3, 2005 - link

    I find it odd because the photos depict ATX, not BTX, which Intel have been pushing of late. Are they un decided as well perhaps? Reply
  • Viditor - Thursday, March 3, 2005 - link

    "AMD's dual cores may top out at 2GHz"

    AMD's dual cores will START at 2.2 and 2.4 GHz...already announced. And the TDP will be 100w (there was an errant report of 110w, but that has been corrected). Also, remember that that's an AMD TDP which yields a much lower actual power level (because they apply the worst possible scenario). Expect them to run in the 70-80w range under load...

  • suryad - Wednesday, March 2, 2005 - link

    Wow I am definitely wowed by the array of all these new tech coming out...ahh I love the smell of oncoming tech...quiet some perf increases eh? Nice..AMD is not going to be sitting around quietly, I am sure there will be some massive competition now Intel has gotten over its Prescott-can-scale -o-5 GHz fiasco... Reply
  • solbergn - Wednesday, March 2, 2005 - link

    At the end of the article, Anand says that ID and Epic will have multi-threaded gaming engines next year, but what about Quake 3 SMP? I may be insane, but I had a dual P-III 1ghz machine that I ran Quake 3 and RTCW in SMP mode by modifying a line in the .ini.

    Anyone tried the awesome Q3 benchmark with SMP enabled on a P-4? That could give us a preview anyways.
  • smn198 - Wednesday, March 2, 2005 - link

    "While the Pentium D and the dual core Pentium EE are basically two Prescott 1M cores glued together..."

    I wonder what sort of glue they use
  • ceefka - Wednesday, March 2, 2005 - link

    This Intel show is much more promising than the Smithfield showcase. Hopefully these new cores will counteract global warming ;-)

    That Truland 4S bus architecture + quad channel DDR2 support looks to be the final answer to AMD's CPU interconnect and on die memory controller. This will help the Xeon big time. It doesn't say however when Intel will launch this or how they expect it to perform in a 4-way box.
  • dm - Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - link

    nice demo, i just don't like the chassis and that fancy effect on the stock intel cooler... Reply
  • kmmatney - Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - link

    Its interesting that the motherboard used for all the dual core cpu's isn't BTX. At least it looks like a normal ATX board to me. Reply
  • bersl2 - Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - link

    #8: The first series of dual-core Opterons will tentatively run at 2.2 and 2.4 GHz, at 110W maximum.

    Sorry to burst your bubble.
  • Jeff7181 - Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - link

    That's awesome... can't wait for all this dual core goodness to hit the market and be reasonably priced. Reply

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