Her kommer lidt vidunderligt læsestof. De første tests af AMD's 32/64 cpu Opteron er begyndt at dukke op, derved kan man forvente at den faktisk har ramt markedet. I denne test er det 242 version som kører ved 1,6GHz. Selv ved den halve hastighed kan den konkurrere med Intel 3,06GHz Pentium4.
As for the benchmarks we did run, we see tremendous potential in AMD's K8 architecture. Despite having drastically low clock speeds for a new processor, the Opteron 242 can rival Xeon's 3.06 GHz and beat it in many benchmarks. The Opterons on-die memory controller appears to be extremely efficient, and the 1MB of on-die L2 cache can really help application performance across the board. While some applications still lag behind the Xeon and Athlon MP architectures due to the Opteron's low clock speed, if AMD can push the chips up to 2.0 GHz and beyond, it appears that the Opteron should be able to compete on all levels. We're left with a mixed feeling when it comes to Opteron performance, as in some tests it simply performs superb, while other tests downright disappointing.