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Single Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme Vs Two AMD Dual Core Opteron 2220SE

by Shivaranjan on September 7, 2006


Digital Video Editing has benchmarked Single Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme against Two AMD Dual core Opteron 2220SE processors. The configuration that was used for benchmarking:
Intel Configuration:

  • Dell Precision Workstation 390
  • Single Intel Core 2 Extreme 2.93GHz
  • 2GB DDR2 533MHz NECC RAM

AMD Configuration:

  • HP xw9400Workstation
  • Two dual-core Opteron 2220SE processors at 2.8GHz
  • 4GB DDR2-667 ECC RAM

Going by the above configurations actually it is not fair to compare both systems as the AMD configuration as got two dual core opterons and 4GB of RAM; but the fact is that even in this scenario Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme won many of the benchmarking tests. This actually shows robustness and efficiency the core microarchitecture of Core 2 Duo Extreme. If the same test were to be performed with Intel Xeon (woodcrest) based on core architecture then AMD Opterons would have been simply crushed.

Conclusion of the benchmarking:
It’s two against one as the Core 2 Extreme fights with one hand tied behind its back. Keeping in mind that it’s a single-processor against two processors with this HP machine, the performance of the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor was remarkable, as borne out in our benchmarks. The single processor soundly beats the two dual-core Opterons in tests one through six of our After Effects suite of benchmarks, encompassing bitmap rendering, Adobe Illustrator graphics rendering, video composite and animation projects, as well as a virtual set. If you’re doing a lot of these kinds of tasks in After Effects, the Intel Core 2 Extreme chip will be a faster performer for you.

Of course, testing these dual Opteron machines against a single-processor Intel Core 2 Extreme workstation is a classic apples-to-oranges comparison. But what we learned in this test is that the fastest Opteron processors are nowhere near as quick as Intel’s latest Core 2 technology. Heck, just one of the dual-core Core 2 Extreme chips can beat two of the dual-core Opterons in many tests. Keeping that in mind, we’ll next bring one of the newest dual Intel Xeon (Woodcrest) workstations into our Midwest Test Facility labs, where their dual/dual-core Core 2 technology has the potential to show these Opterons who’s boss.

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