This is starting to look like one of those troll posts in the Intel cpu section. AMD rulez, oh it's not the fastest anymore, okay well it's cheaper then, AMD rulez it rulez
I think KFB is seriously wondering...I know I have. If this thread deteriorates into another battle in the unending war between the CPU giants then it'll be because of somebody else.
I have run SETI before and now I Fold because my spread is mainly AMD. I have observed this:
SETI relies heavily on memory bandwidth and even more importantly a large cache. [email protected]
will store as much of the cruncher and WU in the L2 cache as it can, so this tends to give many Intel systems an edge with SETI.
Folding relies almost exclusively on FPU performance. AMD processors have a much higher FPU performance level than Intel CPUs so they really pull ahead when it comes to [email protected]
My P3 Xeons will get really good SETI performance due to their massive 2mbs of full speed L2 cache allowing almost the entire WU and client to be kept right there in the processor cartridge. They grind to a near halt with Folding because of low FPU performance though. This is a good example of how important memory times and cache sizes are for [email protected]
but how FPU performance determines Folding speed.
For SETI, the cache is the key so Intel is often better. For Folding...as [P3D]AndrewM put it in terms often seen elsew[H]ere, "AMD Rulez".
And please guys, keep this decent....way too many of us are tired of seeing the bickering about who is better, aren't we?
edit- Oops...just realized that I forgot to WELCOME
Andrew to the oc.com forums!