Apple chose well: Intel poised to take massive lead across the board over AMD

“When I attended AMD technology day last Thursday, senior AMD managers poked fun at Intel’s NetBurst architecture and the fact that Intel will be “going back to their previous generation architecture, and that would be an improvement”. Most of the industry analysts in attendance began to laugh in the room and I couldn’t quite figure out what’s so funny and if they would still be laughing next month when Intel’s Core2 architecture is released,” George Ou writes for ZDNet.

“Last Friday when I saw the first set of independent benchmark results pitting a mid-end Intel E6600 ‘Conroe’ 2.4 GHz CPU (due next month) against the just released flagship extreme edition AMD FX-62 CPU, I started wondering if AMD worst nightmare was coming true. Intel’s ~$250 E6600 CPU annihilated AMD’s ~$1000 Extreme Edition AM2 based FX-62! This effectively means that AMD’s flagship desktop performance CPU will be obsolete by the end of next month when Intel released the CPUs codenamed Conroe. The 2.4 GHz Conroe E6600 CPU is a 65 watt part while Intel’s Extreme Edition Conroe CPU will operate at 2.93 GHz and still be 40 watts lower than AMD’s FX-62 which runs at 120 watt TDP. AMD’s power advantage over Intel’s current Pentium 4 NetBurst architecture just vanished in to thin air with the introduction of Intel’s Core 2 architecture next month,” Ou writes. “If that wasn’t enough of a beating, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes who writes for our new “Hardware 2.0” blog linked to these phenomenal overclocking feats with the Conroe 2.4 and Conroe 2.6 GHz CPUs clocking to 4.0 GHz and 4.26 GHz respectively! I’m hearing that these kinds of numbers can be achieved with self-contained water coolers from multiple sources while the AMD FX-62 can barely get to 3.6 GHz with sub-zero temperatures.”

“AMD pointed out that they’ve been ahead of the game for 3 years (on most benchmarks and the results were always close) and it’s inevitable for Intel to have a slight lead once in a while. The problem here is that this new Intel lead is not the usual leapfrogging where one competitor edges out the other, it’s a massive lead across the board,” Ou writes. “The Core 2 architecture will only be around for 2 more years until Intel shifts to something new. I asked Intel’s representative if this is the kind of paranoia that would make Andy Grove proud and he laughed. The truth of the matter is that AMD is what’s making Intel paranoid because they’ve taken a beating for the last 2 years at the hands of AMD. Who’s going to win the processor wars doesn’t matter because this is competition at its best and the consumer is the ultimate winner with better products at lower prices so let the wars begin!”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Capitalism at its finest. Wouldn’t it be nice to see such paranoia on the part of Microsoft in regard to their flag-crate Windows? Get a Mac, force Microsoft to attempt to make a better Windows (without copying Apple’s work for once, please). And, then, may the best platform win (for a change). Anyway, it certainly sounds like Apple picked the right horse in the processor race; the one with massive resources that also has the renewed will to win.

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47 Comments

  1. R,
    Don’t complain about MDN’s ads. Complain that Safari’s RSS is plain stupid. Firefox’s is so much better. Why should I have to open a page to read the news from a site? Isn’t RSS supposed to give me the ability to not have to do this? In Firefox, only the headline is displayed and its displayed as a bookmark. This way, I can scan all the headlines for MDN by simply clicking on my MDN RSS folder rather than having to open a page up for MDN.

    Adapt Safari. Firefox definitely has you beat on this one.

  2. If you read some of the comments to the original article, you will see that the majority are calling BS on Intel. There are all kinds of links to testing that indicates Intel is blowing smoke in regards to performance of these new chips. I didn’t read or analyze them all, but there are sure a lot of people doubting Intel’s data.

  3. “Wouldn’t it be nice to see such paranoia on the part of Microsoft in regard to their flag-crate Windows?”

    That will never happen for two reasons. Gates and Balmer. They can never beleive that any portion of their empire is in any danger from anyone. How quickly they forget that at one time Novel was about 80% of networks and Ms was about 20%.

  4. The Cell looks incredible on paper, untill you look into the details: it’s a one-trick-pony that cannot be used in a “normal” computer.

    Right it’s only ONE general purpose CPU as compared to 2 in a Core Duo or 4 in a Quad.

    But one can also place 4 Cells in a box like a Mac Pro and get all the same general purpose processors like a Quad, in addtion to 32 dedicated processors to render video with.

    It would be awesome, no 3D video card needed.

    The Cell technology is scaleable, each Cell added increases the performance as they all work with each other.

  5. “If you read some of the comments to the original article, you will see that the majority are calling BS on Intel. There are all kinds of links to testing that indicates Intel is blowing smoke in regards to performance of these new chips. I didn’t read or analyze them all, but there are sure a lot of people doubting Intel’s data.”

    If you read the article. you notice that it also refers to “independent benchmark results.” This means that Intel had no more to do with the results than AMD did.

  6. Please note that it is the independent geek shops, not the fanboys of any vendor, that are verifying the superiority of Intel’s new chips over AMD’s best. It is true that Intel had rested on its laurels for many years and allowed AMD to eat into its market.

    And Intel has a past history of failure in making new architectural advances as opposed to purely semiconductor processing advances. Remember, you old guys, the IAPX-432, Intel’s p-code instruction set microprocessor that was going to take the world into the new age of 32 bit computing? It was a total disaster. The first Intel 386 was also a disaster, but Intel was able to fix it. Then came the Itanium, for which few could generate decent application code. And the Pentium 4 was and is a disaster, even if Intel sold a lot of them. So there is room for skepticism.

    But every test of the new chips — using the Core 2 architecture — show that it is a winner. Apple is riding the right horse.

    BTW, I have not decided yet on whether or not the Cell Processor has potential. The scientific guys claim that, with one small change, it will be eight times faster at one eighth the power per core as the competition. But now I read that Sony has run into a disastrous design bug that slows down reads of the locally, per core, memory by three orders of magnitude, making the Cell a failure. What is the truth? We will have to wait for it to be sorted out.

    But Apple is in top position for some years to come.

  7. Jeff & R

    Want to get rid of the ads? Show only the headlines in Safari RSS? Learn your software!

    Adjust the Article Length in the right hand column. Just below Search Articles and above Sort By.

    The Force can be with you.

  8. “R,
    Don’t complain about MDN’s ads. Complain that Safari’s RSS is plain stupid. Firefox’s is so much better. Why should I have to open a page to read the news from a site? Isn’t RSS supposed to give me the ability to not have to do this? In Firefox, only the headline is displayed and its displayed as a bookmark. This way, I can scan all the headlines for MDN by simply clicking on my MDN RSS folder rather than having to open a page up for MDN.

    Adapt Safari. Firefox definitely has you beat on this one.”

    Actually, I don’t like the way Firefox handles it. I like being able to lump lots of RSS feeds together into one giant page. Then, I can glance and see that there are X new articles that I haven’t looked at for my computer news websites. In Firefox, I’d have to check about 10 different bookmarks to look at them and then it still doesn’t tell me if they are new or not.

    Adapt Firefox. Safari definitely has you beat on this one.

  9. “But now I read that Sony has run into a disastrous design bug that slows down reads of the locally, per core, memory by three orders of magnitude, making the Cell a failure. What is the truth? We will have to wait for it to be sorted out.” – LinuxGuy

    This has been discussed at /. and apparently the article was an exaggeration. Cell is intended for PS3 game consoles and it only needs to write to the memory very fast so that the data can be rendered on the screen. It does not need to read from that part of memory. Why does Cell need to read what’s going to be rendered on the screen? The data will be useless once the image appears on the screen anyhow.

  10. This guy writes for ZDNet? Man, is he ever in desperate need of a proofreader. I know it’s just a blog, but wow. Some of those passages border on unreadable. I guess it’s true — anyone can be a “journalist” these days.

  11. Already old news today… check AMD’s announcements from this morning. AMD is catching up. Once both chips are out, we will see which is faster, but whatever Intel may be ahead today, in a couple months the opposite may be true. Then repeat. Intel was probably the right choice for Apple right now… maybe permanently. Doesn’t much matter in the long run. AMD is not going anywhere. They have 30% of the processor market NOW, and GROWING. Relax. Enjoy the fast computers and the processor competition driving them faster and cheaper at the same time. Good times ahead for all… Windows users, Mac users… for everyone.

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