As part of its media battle against Intel, AMD today issued a challenge to Intel to conduct a head-to-head competition of dual-core x86 server processors in order to settle the question who's x86-based dual-core processor architecture best meets server customer's needs once and for all.
AMD seems to be confident they'll win this challenge as they issued the challenge today in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Jose Mercury News and The San Francisco Chronicle. The company plans to place its dual-core AMD Opteron 800 series and 200 Series against the corresponding Intel x86 server processors that are commercially available in volume.
“Since we launched Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors in April 2005, we’ve won every major industry-standard benchmark for x86 servers. AMD64 dual-core technology provides industry-leading performance, is easy to upgrade and is energy efficient,” said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager, Microprocessor Solutions Sector, AMD. “We are giving our competitor a fair and open opportunity to challenge our clear market leadership in a public setting. A head-to-head match using industry-standard benchmarks will arm customers with the information necessary to determine which company can best meet their computing needs. The gauntlet has been thrown down, it is time to cut through the hype, and demonstrate who the industry’s leader in x86 dual-core processing is today.”
Should Intel accept AMD’s challenge, the duel would take place at a public venue to be announced in the coming weeks, with testing conducted by a neutral, third-party testing lab. Testing would be done using industry-standard server benchmarks most relevant to customers today such as SPECjbb and SPECweb Measurement on energy consumption would also be conducted.
For more information on AMD’s challenge to Intel check out AMD.