Science Mark 2.0 Beta
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Science Mark 2.0 is an attempt to put the truth behind benchmarking. In an attempt to model real world demands and performance, SM2 is a suite of high-performance benchmarks that realistically stress system performance without architectural bias.
Even with the disadvantage (relative to speed) that the Opteron setup has in having to use Registered memory, the results show the Opteron board coupled with the nForce3 board having a better than 20% advantage over the Pentium 4 setup running at nearly twice the clock speed. The latency reductions of the on-chip memory controller on Opteron processor are paying off in this case.
The molecular dynamics test on the ScienceMark 2.0 beta version is a timed test where the lower scores are better. Here we see that the P4 processor is able to take hold of the Opteron and pass it up easily. This is probably due to the advances of the HyperThreading and the fact that the new ScienceMark 2.0 is multi-processor capable. It would seem that the Opteron is going to need to bump their frequency to catch up with Intel in this particular test.
The Primordia test shows again what HyperThreading is able to do for the P4 processor series. We see Intel holds a 4% or so advantage on the Opteron 144 processor in this test, with lower times being better.
This test is again a timed run test where lower scores are better. The P4 is able to come out as the winner once again, but by a very slim margin, leaving the Opteron with only a small disadvantage.