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Re: Jakub's Recommendations for ia32 Support



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Dominik 'Rathann' Mierzejewski wrote:
> I'd like to see a case (not involving Pentium 4) where using cmov is slower
> than not using it. It definitely is faster for decoding H.264 in FFmpeg
> for example.

I don't have a specific test case.  But I do talk to the CPU
architectures at Intel regularly.  They always say the cmov should be
avoided.  Especially with the introduction of the fused micro-ops the
various cmp+jcc pairs are likely move faster.

And from the code generation perspective using cmp+jcc is also more
flexible.  With cmov you have to tie up two registers.  This is
particularly bad with the x86 ABI.

There are certainly cases where cmov can be faster.  Perhaps exclusively
on older micro architectures (P4s, early Core2, maybe AMD, haven't
checked).  But in general it's no win.

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