Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (Socket AM2)
Posted on: 05/23/2006 05:00 AM

SunGard Adaptiv Credit Risk Analysis
SunGard Adaptiv Credit Risk application is a component of SunGardís comprehensive suite of risk management products (www.sungard.com). This workload is a scaled down version of the full application. At its core, the application utilizes a proprietary Monte Carlo method financial engine to determine the future value of a fictitious portfolio.

This package consists of a Microsoft Windows based .NET application and two data files - a sample market data and a sample portfolio, which provide input to the financial engine.


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Power Consumption

Since all of the big names are really focusing on "performance-per-watt" these days, I figured that I should probably jump on the bandwagon too. Unfortunately my last attempt didn't turn out so well. After much rethinking and the acquisition of a more capable power measuring device, I think I can paint you all a little better picture this time around.

I have to qualify this by saying that I did enable power saving features of the systems in the BIOS, but the AM2 system had driver issues with XP64 that didn't allow me to install the power management application on the machine.

Idle readings were taken while sitting on the Windows desktop, and I used CINEBENCH's multi-CPU render as the load.



These numbers are as apples-to-apples as I could get. When i was done testing the Opteron machine, I removed the motherboard, memory and processor and replaced them with the AM2 kit. Everything else in the system remained exactly the same. As I mentioned before, though, I'm an not 100% positive that the AM2 system was using power management to the fullest.

Conclusions

What is there really to say except that the socket AM2 platform seems to be performing exactly as it should. There was some initial testing around the 'net that showed an actual decrease in performance on AM2 using early revision processors, motherboards, etc. Luckily, AMD and the motherboard makers have gotten their ducks in a row and AM2 is working as it should.

The real draw of AM2 isn't the fact that you'll get more performance today. As a matter of fact, if your socket 939 system is relatively up-to-date, there is really no compelling reason to upgrade. The real beauty of AM2 is what it will allow (as far as upgrades) later.

The change to AM2 has also forced the chipset makers to refresh their line-up as well. ATI and Nvidia learned a lot from their previous chipsets' strengths and weaknesses, and you can count on many improvements in the new chipsets that support AM2.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to swing by our forums and make yourself heard.


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