While checking out the new Pentium III announcement from Intel,
I noticed the SPEC performance numbers looked quite good.
The 733 Mhz PIII had SpecINT95 = 35.6 and SpecFP95 = 30.4
The 450 Mhz UltraSparc II has SpecINT95 = 19.7 and SpecFP95 = 27.
<Insert here the usual essay on the limitations of benchmarks, etc>
I guess I'm wondering when the Sparc processor will become competitive
again? I'm hoping that we don't have to go through the same problems as
with the SuperSparc.
It's one thing to be slow compared to the Alpha or the HP cpu's. But
being slower than Intel and AMD? That hurts. And the difference is
only going to get much worse as AMD and Intel are rather aggressively
pushing performance and price.
A quick check of the UltraSparc III web page estimates a 600 Mhz part
delivering 35 SpecINT95 and 60 SpecFP95. That's with 8MB of L2 cache.
The PIII numbers above are obtained with 256K of L2 cache. The
estimates are from October 6,1997.
Is there an improved USII coming soon? The 450Mhz part has been
shipping for some time now.