So does the Opteron 246 paired with nForce 3 Professional have a clear lead in performance over the 3.2GHz P4? It depends on the benchmarks, but our tests seem to indicate that the Opteron is the overall winner. An extra 200MHz from Intel or Prescott may very well swing the advantage back to Intel however. An extra 200MHz for Opteron would clearly put the CPU out ahead in most tests by a good margin. It boils down to who is able to ramp up MHz faster in Q4, and how soon in Q4 Prescott will be released.
Also of obvious question is what clock speed will Athlon 64 be released in September, and whether or not this will be a Socket 940 rebadged Opteron, or a Socket 754 Athlon 64 with a single channel memory controller. Clock speed guesses range from 2GHz to 2.4GHz, and evidence seems to point to a Socket 940 Athlon 64 perhaps simultaneously launched with the Socket 754 model. Will there be MHz ratings or a model number system? No one knows for sure, but with no 3.4GHz P4 expected in time for the Athlon 64 launch it may be that AMD for the first time in many months will regain a clear performance advantage.
Del med dine venner