Actually it may, Especially with the memory bandwidth tests, DDR3 = higher FSB = Greater Memory Bandwidth = Closer to i7. We've already seen the Intel flagship quad lose to that PII in terms of memory bandwidth.
Just remember, the only reason the i7 is flogging it in Memory bandwidth is because it has no FSB, Its mem controller is on die, rather then on board.
AMD chips have had their memory controller on die for quite awhile.
Then that means they've had no FSB between them and the memory, thats what makes the i7 flog it in terms of memory bandwidth, no fsb, no latency *atleast very little*
So either AMD are doing something funky with their on die controllers, or they havn't had them, But its AMD/ATI, So I'd safely assume the first, something funky
It's well documented that AMD processors use on-board memory controllers. The huge bandwidth differences is a combination of triple channel memory, DDR3 memory, the QPI's huge bandwidth allowance, and probably just a better controller, since intel are very good with controller design.
Anandtech, another credible site, reviews the PII. This review is much more indepth than the hardocp one (most anandtech reviews are, although that does not necessarily make them better. I personally prefer hard ocp, but I love both of these sites :P).
I'm glad I've stuck with the i7 on my new system. From that review, generally the i7 is favoured over the Phenom II. Wonder how they'll perform with that AM3 socket. I've commonly heard though that AMD's are / were better for Gaming. Is / Was this ever true?
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
It used to be, before the Core2Duo line came out.
AMD was ahead of Intel with the Athlon XP, Athlon 64, and X2's before the Core 2's were released. Now its pretty much opposite.
I was waiting to see how these performed since i have a AM2+ system sitting right beside be that could use a upgrade, now i think i may just get a 9850/9950BE and stick in it, and see if it overclocks at all. I had high hopes for Phenom II, all the rumored numbers i seen around the web seemed to show it would do much better than it is. It is a huge improvement over the original Phenom though, and the prices are looking pretty good. The low prices actually make the Phenom II's good alternatives to Intels Quads if your not building a bleeding edge gaming machine.
Though i have heard somewhere that the AM3 versions could see a 5-10% perfomance increase, i don't know if thats true of not though.