Intel\u2019s Woodcrest processor sets the pace with a new architecture comprising a 3.0GHz dual-core processor, with 4MB of L2 cache and a 1.33GHz front-side bus.IDG\u2019s German website TecChannel.de tested this processor ahead of its launch in June, and found that Intel\u2019s boast back in February\u2014that its upcoming processors with core architecture would be 20 percent faster than competitive products from its rival, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)\u2014has turned out to be true. TecChannel\u2019s benchmarking tests confirmed that the Xeon Woodcrest processor for servers and workstations outclasses by far the rest of the x86 architectures\u2014including AMD\u2019s Opteron processors or the new Xeon 5070 Dempsey with NetBurst architecture. The reputed CPU2000 benchmark demonstrated that the 3.0GHz Woodcrest is between 35 percent and 77 percent faster than the 3.46GHz Xeon 5070.AMD will have to go all out to catch up. It is doubtful that the Socket F Opteron with a DDR2 memory controller scheduled for the third quarter of 2006 will surprise us with such a boost in performance. Nevertheless, one should not underestimate AMD\u2014perhaps a new generation of impressive Opteron processors is just around the corner.The full text of TecChannel\u2019s product test, in English, can be downloaded here.-Christian Vilsbeck, tecChannel (Germany)For related news coverage, read HP, IBM Ready Servers on Intel\u2019s Latest Dual-Core Chips.Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.