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Sun’s Bechtolsheim: AMD is twice as power efficient as Intel

Sun’s Bechtolsheim: AMD is twice as power efficient as Intel

Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun's chief designer for x86, product line has been quoted in an interview with eWeek. In that interview, he states:

Opteron already is twice as power efficient as Intel's [chips], and you get more than twice the throughput for the same power consumption as Intel, so we're really ahead. And AMD is increasing the performance per power, so as far as we can tell here, yes, power is important, AMD has it now, Intel has it a year from now, so there's a major difference here. If customers are concerned about power, the only solution that makes sense is dual-core Opteron. It's twice the power-efficiency-per-throughput than anything from Intel.

It cannot be stated enough how important this statement is for the thermal constrained Wall Street computer rooms.