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Sep 24, 2012

Intel Tests Pentium CPUs Against AMD Trinity




Intel has just launched two new Pentium processors. If you were wondering about the performance of these new chips, Intel has prepared a marketing-based performance chart in its own sales kit.

The company has decided to test its new CPUs against older, Sandy Bridge-based processors and against AMD’s Trinity. The problem with Intel’s choice of benchmarks is the fact that the software suite is officially Intel-optimized and clearly can’t scale correctly on AMD’s hardware. The difference between a 1.6 GHz dual-core Trinity and a 1.7 GHz quad-core Trinity is less than 50%, according to Intel’s marketing. We have a hard time believing that doubling the cores, quadrupling the L2 cache, increasing the base frequency by 100 MHz and the Turbo frequency by a whole 600 MHz will result in less than a 100% performance jump. We’re talking about the results that show an AMD A6 dual-core clocked at 1600 MHz and featuring 1MB of L2 cache being just 30% slower than an AMD A8 quad-core Trinity clocked at 1700 MHz and sporting 4MB of L2 cache, CPU-World reports.

An IPC difference between Intel’s Ivy Bridge-based cores and AMD’s Trinity is to be expected and it will be in Intel’s favor when a single core is compared. When comparing a Trinity quad-core with an Intel Pentium dual-core, it’s likely impossible that the dual-core will manifest higher performance while running at comparable frequencies. This is a simple marketing chart and we believe we should wait until real test numbers will surface on the internet rather than making a quick and subjective judgment based only on Intel’s sales material.

Intel Core i7 Marketing Shot
Image credits to Intel

Intel Pentium 987 and Pentium 2117U Performance Marketing Charts
Image credits to CPU-World

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