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Experimental AMD Processor Comparison

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October 11, 2006 5:26:03 AM

First off, this list is an experiment.
I currently DO NOT recommend you use it to decide on what parts to build your computer with.

This is an experiment to see if I can map a mathematical equation to the performance of processors. I've updated the equation to take into account the different memory speeds during benchmarking. The data I used to make the equation is from the benchmark 'WinRAR - Version 3.6 BETA 4' on the CPU comparison charts on Tom's Hardware.

This is the current equation that is used to calculate the estimated time for the benchmark:
Time = 441.4 - L2*0.2567 + L2^2*0.0001555 - Cores*77.81 - Freq*0.04785 - Freq^2*0.000001469 + (800MHz)*0.478 - (800MHz)*0.0004355

To calculate the performance index for the processors, I assumed the processors be used with 800MHz RAM. (I know this isn't physically possible on some processors, but it is to find relative performance.)


Please discuss the future possibilities of this type of data extrapolation and any ways you think I could make it better.
Note: The prices and processor information is from Newegg.com.


Price/Second (for WinRAR benchmark) For Each Socket Type
F
$/sec......Time......Freq........Price.........Name
1.35.......199.......1800.......269.00.......AMD Opteron 2210(WOF) Santa Rosa 1.8GHz Socket F Dual Core Processor Model OSA2210CQWOF - Retail
2.23.......188.......2000.......419.00.......AMD Opteron 2212(WOF) Santa Rosa 2.0GHz Socket F Dual Core Processor Model OSA2212CQWOF - Retail
3.15.......177.......2200.......559.00.......AMD Opteron 2214(WOF) Santa Rosa 2.2GHz Socket F Dual Core Processor Model OSA2214CQWOF - Retail
4.50.......166.......2400.......749.00.......AMD Opteron 2216(WOF) Santa Rosa 2.4GHz Socket F Dual Core Processor Model OSA2216CQWOF - Retail
5.79.......155.......2600.......899.00.......AMD Opteron 2218(WOF) Santa Rosa 2.6GHz Socket F Dual Core Processor Model OSA2218CQWOF - Retail

S1
$/sec......Time......Freq........Price.........Name
1.07.......218.......1600.......232.99.......AMD Turion 64 X2 TL52(WOF) Taylor 1.6GHz Socket S1 Dual Core Processor Model TMDTL52CTWOF - Retail

A
$/sec......Time......Freq........Price.........Name
0.06.......371.......1600.......22.00.......AMD Duron 1.6 Applebred 1.6GHz Socket A Processor Model DHD1600DLV1C - OEM
0.09.......361.......1800.......32.50.......AMD Duron 1.8 Applebred 1.8GHz Socket A Processor Model DHD1800DLV1C - OEM
0.12.......328.......1667.......37.99.......AMD Sempron 2400+ Thoroughbred 1.667GHz Socket A Processor Model SDA2400DUT3D - OEM
0.12.......324.......1750.......40.00.......AMD Sempron 2500+ Thoroughbred 1.75GHz Socket A Processor Model SDA2500DUT3D - OEM
0.15.......319.......1833.......47.99.......AMD Sempron 2600+ Thoroughbred 1.833GHz Socket A Processor Model SDA2600DUT3D - OEM

939
$/sec......Time......Freq........Price.........Name
0.19.......286.......1800.......55.00.......AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 1.8GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3000BPBOX - Retail
0.21.......367..............77.00.......AMD Opteron 144 Venus 1000MHz HT Socket 939 Processor Model OSA144BNBOX - Retail
0.25.......275.......2000.......69.49.......AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 2.0GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3200BPBOX - Retail
0.32.......266.......2000.......86.00.......AMD Opteron 146 Venus 2.0GHz Socket 939 Processor Model OSA146BNBOX - Retail
0.33.......264.......2200.......88.00.......AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 2.2GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3500BPBOX - Retail
0.37.......255.......2200.......95.00.......AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 2.2GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3700CFBOX - Retail
0.38.......255.......2200.......97.00.......AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 2.2GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3700BNBOX - Retail
0.42.......264.......2200.......109.99.......AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Venice 2.2GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3400DAA4BY - OEM
0.43.......253.......2400.......108.99.......AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Venice 2.4GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3800BPBOX - Retail
0.45.......255.......2200.......115.99.......AMD Opteron 148 Venus 2.2GHz Socket 939 Processor Model OSA148BNBOX - Retail
0.57.......244.......2400.......139.99.......AMD Opteron 150 Venus 2.4GHz Socket 939 Processor Model OSA150BNBOX - Retail
0.80.......199.......1800.......159.99.......AMD Opteron 165 Denmark 1.8GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model OSA165CDBOX - Retail
0.81.......233.......2600.......189.00.......AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 San Diego 2.6GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADAFX55DAA5BN - OEM
0.86.......233.......2600.......199.99.......AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 ClawHammer 2.6GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADAFX55DEI5AS - OEM
0.88.......233.......2600.......205.00.......AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 ClawHammer 2.6GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADAFX55ASBOX - Retail
0.90.......233.......2600.......209.00.......AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 San Diego 2.6GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADAFX55BNBOX - Retail
0.94.......197.......2000.......185.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA3800BVBOX - Retail
0.98.......186.......2200.......183.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Manchester 2.2GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4200BVBOX - Retail
1.17.......222.......2800.......260.00.......AMD Opteron 154 Venus 2.8GHz Socket 939 Processor Model OSA154BNBOX - Retail
1.24.......177.......2200.......219.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 2.2GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4400DAA6CD - OEM
1.27.......177.......2200.......226.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 2.2GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4400CDBOX - Retail
1.34.......175.......2400.......235.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Manchester 2.4GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4600BVBOX - Retail
1.35.......222.......2800.......299.00.......AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 San Diego 2.8GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADAFX57BNBOX - Retail
1.40.......177.......2200.......249.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+(89W) Toledo 2.2GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADV4400CDBOX - Retail
1.41.......177.......2200.......249.99.......AMD Opteron 175 Denmark 2.2GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model OSA175CDBOX - Retail
1.50.......166.......2400.......249.99.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 2.4GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4800DAA6CD - OEM
1.54.......188.......2000.......289.99.......AMD Opteron 170 Denmark 2.0GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model OSA170CDBOX - Retail
1.68.......166.......2400.......280.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 2.4GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4800CDBOX - Retail
1.76.......233.......2600.......409.99.......AMD Opteron 152 Venus 2.6GHz Socket 939 Processor Model OSA152BNBOX - Retail
1.80.......166.......2400.......299.99.......AMD Opteron 180 Denmark 2.4GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model OSA180CDBOX - Retail
3.83.......155.......2600.......595.00.......AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 Toledo 2.6GHz Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADAFX60CDBOX - Retail

754
$/sec......Time......Freq........Price.........Name
0.12.......331.......1600.......40.00.......AMD Sempron 64 2800+ Palermo 1.6GHz Socket 754 Processor Model SDA2800BXBOX - Retail
0.14.......346.......1800.......50.00.......AMD Sempron 64 3000+ Palermo 1.8GHz Socket 754 Processor Model SDA3000BXBOX - Retail
0.16.......321.......1800.......50.00.......AMD Sempron 64 3100+ Palermo 1.8GHz Socket 754 Processor Model SDA3100CVBOX - Retail
0.19.......321.......1800.......60.00.......AMD Sempron 3100+ Palermo 1.8GHz Socket 754 Processor Model SDA3100BABOX - Retail
0.23.......310.......2000.......69.99.......AMD Sempron 64 3400+ Palermo 2.0GHz Socket 754 Processor Model SDA3400BXBOX - Retail
0.26.......275.......2000.......71.98.......AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 2.0GHz Socket 754 Processor Model ADA3000AIK4BX - OEM
0.36.......275.......2000.......99.00.......AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Venice 2.0GHz Socket 754 Processor Model ADA3000BXBOX - Retail
0.54.......286.......1800.......155.00.......AMD Turion 64 MT32(WOF) Lancaster 1.8GHz Socket 754 Processor Model TMSMT32LDWOF - Retail
0.55.......277.......1800.......153.00.......AMD Turion 64 MT34(WOF) Lancaster 1.8GHz Socket 754 Processor Model TMSMT34LDWOF - Retail
0.60.......266.......2000.......159.00.......AMD Turion 64 MT37 Lancaster 2.0GHz Socket 754 Processor Model TMSMT37BQX5LD - OEM

AM2
$/sec......Time......Freq........Price.........Name
0.11.......357.......1600.......40.99.......AMD Sempron 64 2800+ Manila 1.6GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model SDA2800CNBOX - Retail
0.15.......331.......1600.......50.99.......AMD Sempron 64 3000+ Manila 1.6GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model SDA3000CNBOX - Retail
0.18.......346.......1800.......64.00.......AMD Sempron 64 3200+ Manila 1.8GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model SDA3200CNBOX - Retail
0.22.......321.......1800.......69.99.......AMD Sempron 64 3400+ Manila 1.8GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model SDA3400CNBOX - Retail
0.24.......286.......1800.......69.99.......AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Orleans 1.8GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA3000CNBOX - Retail
0.26.......335.......2000.......86.99.......AMD Sempron 64 3500+ Manila 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model SDA3500CNBOX - Retail
0.29.......275.......2000.......79.99.......AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Orleans 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA3200CNBOX - Retail
0.32.......310.......2000.......98.49.......AMD Sempron 64 3600+ Manila 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model SDA3600CNBOX - Retail
0.34.......264.......2200.......89.00.......AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Orleans 2.2GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA3500CNBOX - Retail
0.43.......253.......2400.......109.00.......AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Orleans 2.4GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA3800CNBOX- Retail
0.81.......197.......2000.......159.99.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+(65W) Windsor 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO3800CUBOX - Retail
0.86.......197.......2000.......169.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model ADA3800CUBOX - Retail
0.98.......186.......2200.......183.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Windsor 2.2GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4200CUBOX - Retail
1.01.......186.......2200.......189.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+(65W) Windsor 2.2GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO4200CUBOX - Retail
1.25.......199.......1800.......247.99.......AMD Opteron 1210 Santa Ana 1.8GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model OSA1210CSBOX - Retail
1.42.......175.......2400.......249.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Windsor 2.4GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4600CUBOX - Retail
1.50.......166.......2400.......249.99.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Windsor 2.4GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA4800IAA6CS - OEM
1.53.......175.......2400.......269.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+(65W) Windsor 2.4GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO4600CUBOX - Retail
1.88.......188.......2000.......353.00.......AMD Opteron 1212 Santa Ana 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model OSA1212CSBOX - Retail
2.70.......177.......2200.......479.00.......AMD Opteron 1214 Santa Ana 2.2GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model OSA1214CSBOX - Retail
2.87.......164.......2600.......471.99.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Windsor 2.6GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model ADA5000IAA5CS - OEM
3.16.......164.......2600.......519.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Windsor 2.6GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model ADA5000CUBOX - Retail
3.60.......166.......2400.......599.00.......AMD Opteron 1216 Santa Ana 2.4GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model OSA1216CSBOX - Retail
3.86.......155.......2600.......599.00.......AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Windsor 2.6GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADA5200IAA6CS - OEM
4.82.......144.......2800.......695.00.......AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 Windsor 2.8GHz Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor Model ADAFX62CSBOX - Retail

940
$/sec......Time......Freq........Price.........Name
0.43.......266.......2000.......115.00.......AMD Opteron 246 Troy 2.0GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA246FAA5BL - OEM
0.55.......266.......2000.......146.00.......AMD Opteron 246 SledgeHammer 2.0GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA246CEP5AU - OEM
0.62.......266.......2000.......165.00.......AMD Opteron 246 SledgeHammer 2.0GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA246AUBOX - Retail
0.64.......266.......2000.......169.00.......AMD Opteron 246 Troy 2.0GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA246BLBOX - Retail
0.66.......255.......2200.......169.00.......AMD Opteron 248 SledgeHammer 2.2GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA248CEP5AU - OEM
0.66.......255.......2200.......169.00.......AMD Opteron 248 Troy 2.2GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA248FAA5BL - OEM
0.67.......277.......1800.......185.00.......AMD Opteron 244 SledgeHammer 1.8GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA244AUBOX - Retail
0.87.......255.......2200.......223.00.......AMD Opteron 248 SledgeHammer 2.2GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA248AUBOX - Retail
1.34.......244.......2400.......327.00.......AMD Opteron 250 Troy 2.4GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA250BLBOX - Retail
1.34.......199.......1800.......267.00.......AMD Dual-Core Opteron 265 Italy 1.8GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA265CBBOX - Retail
1.71.......233.......2600.......399.00.......AMD Opteron 252 Troy 2.6GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA252BLBOX - Retail
2.06.......188.......2000.......386.99.......AMD Dual-Core Opteron 270 Italy 2.0GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA270CBBOX - Retail
2.70.......222.......2800.......599.00.......AMD Opteron 254 Troy 2.8GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA254BLBOX - Retail
2.99.......177.......2200.......529.99.......AMD Dual-Core Opteron 275 Italy 2.2GHz Socket 940 Processor Model OSA275CBBOX - Retail
4.21.......166.......2400.......699.99.......AMD Dual-Core Opteron 280 Italy 2.4GHz Socket 940 Dual Core Processor Model OSA280CBBOX - Retail
5.63.......155.......2600.......874.99.......AMD Opteron 285 Italy 2.6GHz Socket 940 Dual Core Processor Model OSA285CBBOX - Retail
October 11, 2006 2:50:22 PM

I think WinRAR is a weak basis for CPU-bound benchmarking. The application is not affected by just the CPU but by the different cache levels, bus bandwidth, RAM, and overall data latency.

Holding the RAM and MB steady would incorrectly stabilize large variations in CPU performance.

THG has already worked on this matter, though, by calculating an index of several CPU-based benchmarks and then offering a price-performance ratio for various processors, not necessarily in the same family.

Incidentally, your equation suggests that by waiting for AMD to accelerate enough L1 cache to a sufficient but finite clock speed, the time to pack/unpack RAR files would reach zero. :) 
October 11, 2006 3:55:44 PM

Thanks for the information about WinRAR being not only CPU dependent. I'll look into more CPU only benchmarks to see if I can get a better regression equation.
October 13, 2006 4:22:08 AM

I've incorporated the RAM speed into the regression equation.
Once I made the equation, I assumed the RAM speed to be 800MHz to calculate the speed to complete the benchmark.

This has resulted in pretty accurate numbers. I'm sure the numbers would be much more accurate on a CPU only test, but this is showing a proof-of-concept that most of the variables can be accounted for.
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