The German magazine c't, which has been showcasing some Hammer benchmarks recently, now has a full translation available in English. They tested a 1.2 GHz Hammer with 1MB of L2 cache against an Athlon XP 1.2GHz and a Pentium 4 2.2GHz, and though they only used 32-bit benchmarks, the results are more mixed than I would have expected. Hammer performs well, but it's packing 1MB of cache and only competing with a desktop Pentium 4 with a 400MHz front side bus.
Of course, these are benchmarks of pre-production hardware that's only clocked at 1.2GHz. AMD is targeting 2.0GHz for Hammer's initial desktop release, though rumors are swirling that 1.4 and 1.6GHz server chips will debut early.
Performance in 64-bit applications should be Hammer's main selling point for workstations and servers, but on the desktop, they'll likely be competing with Hyper-Threading Pentium 4 processors on a 800MHz front side bus. AMD has claimed that Hammer would have the fastest 32-bit performance at launch, but the processor's desktop success may rely more on developers re-compiling consumer applications to take advantage of Hammer's additional registers than anything else.
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