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  • GCC 4.7 Compiler Performance On AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer

    Phoronix: GCC 4.7 Compiler Performance On AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer

    While we have seen that Intel's Sandy Bridge is doing well on the new GCC 4.7 compiler, has AMD's Bulldozer CPU architecture advanced at all for this leading multi-platform compiler? Up today are benchmarks of GCC 4.7.0 -- with comparative benchmarks going back to GCC 4.4 -- from an AMD FX-8150 Eight-Core Bulldozer setup.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=17237

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    When doing this kind of tests, I believe "timed kernel compilation" should be set apart from other benchmarks.

    You see, while less is better is what we're after, new compiler versions tend to run more optimizations for the same code. So even if the time goes up, if the resulting executable is faster, it's still a win. The current layout of the article does not highlight this particularity at all.

    Jut thought I'd throw my two cents in here.

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    • #3
      All the optimisation in the world won't make bulldozer good.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by scottishduck View Post
        All the optimisation in the world won't make bulldozer good.
        You're right, that would be a regression. The Bulldozer is not a good processor, it is great one!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by scottishduck View Post
          All the optimisation in the world won't make bulldozer good.
          Well, maybe it doesn't fit for you or power users like me (ATM I own a Core i7 SB processor), but if you use your computer for tasks such as web-surfing, office, watching HD videos, virtualization, encoding tasks (if you don't care that it takes + 5/10 minutes than Intel SB processors), and even some serious multitasking... AMD Bulldozer processors are more than enough for the consumer...

          About the results, it's great to see that new GCC versions give extra performance boosts for both Intel Core iX and AMD Bulldozer processors in most tests...

          Cheers

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          • #6
            Originally posted by scottishduck View Post
            All the optimisation in the world won't make bulldozer good.
            When you have a radically different processor not conforming well to ancient binaries, that isn't any kind of indicator of the value/quality of that processor, but to the antiquated nature of the binaries you're trying to run. Bulldozer is an excellent processor, and as compilers advance to take proper advantage of it, it will begin to stand out for what it really is.

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            • #7
              When you have a radically different processor not conforming well to ancient binaries, that isn't any kind of indicator of the value/quality of that processor, but to the antiquated nature of the binaries you're trying to run. Bulldozer is an excellent processor, and as compilers advance to take proper advantage of it, it will begin to stand out for what it really is.
              I have to warn you, this is exactly what was said about Itanic too. And the compilers never got good.

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              • #8
                Can someone explain something? It seems the results from here are about 50% faster than previous review and beating the 3960X.

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