AMD Dual Core Opteron vs. Intel Dual Core Xeon

It's been a rough road for the Intel Xeon since AMD introduced the Opteron. AMD's market share is climbing, and in a complete role reversal of years gone by, AMD is reported to have 81.5% of the US retail PC market with Intel sitting at 18.5%. In the server space (lower volume, higher profit) AMD is now sitting at over 14%, up 5% from 2004. There is no question that the fight is fierce between the two processor giants: recently AMD hired one of Intel's high ranking Itanium designers.

While the past few years haven't been Intel's best, it certainly doesn't mean that the future will carry on that trend. Intel's next generation products are in development, and on paper look quite promising. Performance per Watt is a key focus for Intel and is something the industry is in dire need of. As we alluded to in a previous article, power consumption is on everyone's mind. Opteron is not only the most scalable enterprise processor today, but it's also the most efficient. With a dual socket Opteron system using up to 40% less power than Intel's current Bensley systems, there is a lot of room for improvement.

While it seems like AMD can sit back, relax and enjoy the growth curve, that wouldn't be a wise move. Intel is not going to take this for much longer - they can't. It's clear Intel is banking heavily on the last two quarters of the year, and the next generation products have to perform and win back mind and market share. Woodcrest and Kentsfield are no secret, and if they live up to expectations, the tables could turn. Intel is already competitive with Opteron performance in dual processor configurations with the soon to be released Bensley platform. With a reduction in power consumption Q4 of 2006 will be interesting to say the least.

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  • coldpower27 - Monday, April 24, 2006 - link

    Xeon MP will take some time to transistion to Core Architecture, were looking at Q1 2007 at the earliest, with the introduction of Tigerton hopefully.

    In the meantime Intel will update this platform with Tulsa, which still wouldn't be that competitive, but a step in the right direction.
  • Jason Clark - Monday, April 24, 2006 - link

    I agree, it is getting a bit old discussing the older platforms, but this is a fairly new platform. Things will get more interesting later this year. Reply
  • Furen - Monday, April 24, 2006 - link

    The 2.8GHz Paxville DP is the chip that came out on Q4, 2005 Reply
  • Ozenmacher - Monday, April 24, 2006 - link

    I think the title should be Eight Core Servers ;) Reply
  • JarredWalton - Monday, April 24, 2006 - link

    Yup. Fixed. My error, not Jason's. Reply

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