Re: Intel P6 vs P7 system call performance

From: Zac Hansen (
Date: Thu Dec 12 2002 - 15:12:03 EST

> No. The situation is just black. Each day Intel processors are a bigger
> pile of crap and less intelligent

My hyper-threaded xeons beg to argue with you -- all 4 (2) of them.

, but MHz compensate for the average
> office user. Think of what could a P4 do if the same effort put on
> Hz was put on getting cheap a cache of 4Mb or 8Mb like MIPSes have. Or
> closer, 1Mb like G4s.

Err, syscalls are still going to take the same amount of time no matter
how much cache the chip has on it. And, IMHO, adding more cache to make a
processor faster is just as "dumb" as bumping the MHz.

> If syscalls take 300% time but processor is also 300% faster 'nobody
> notices'.

The point many are forgetting is that processors do a lot more than system
calls. And P4's are quite quick at doing this.. especially those new
3+GHz ones (with hyperthreading).

By the way, did everyone see the test on Tom's Hardware Guide comparison
between the p4 3.06 with hyperthreading on and a p4 3.6 without

For those of you who just want the info -- here's the spoiler -- when
running multiple apps, the 3.06 can torch the 3.6. Check out the second
benchmark on this page

25% faster. Most of the other benchmarks don't show off hyperthreading,
as they're running a single process, but from personal experience, it's
nice. I don't know why they give you the option to turn it off in the
bios. I have 2 xeons, and even then I leave HT on on both. I'd not even
think about considering turning it off if I only had 1 processor..


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