Official: AMD leads by 50%
AMD officially confirmed that K10 will be 50% faster than Intel's fastest quad core.
That's a staggering and crushing performance advantage.
Both AMD and Intel CPUs are roughly at the same clockspeed at about 3GHZ, as both are limited by the same physics and manufacturing equipment they purchased from tool companies, such as Applied Materials.
Below the top speed, there are about 10 speed grades. The fastest is about 50% faster than the slowest. Thus, each grade is about 5% faster than the one below.
On desktop, Intel now has about 10-12% IPC advantage with Core 2. This puts AMD's X2 6000+ at roughly the same speed as Intel's E6700. This situation has caused tremendous problems for AMD.
Now, with 50% performance advantage, the slowest K10 CPU will be faster than the fastest Intel CPU.
It's reported that Intel execs have exercised their options. Congrats to Patty. At least, he can make some money before becoming jobless next year.