In our Sandy Bridge-EP and Romley platform review, we look at the performance and power efficiency gains for Intel’s latest server microprocessor on industry standard benchmarks including SPECcpu2006 and SPECpower_ssj2008. The results are impressive, Sandy Bridge-EP is clearly the best x86 server processor on the market, and Romley will be the platform of choice for the next 2 years.
Westmere is a shrink to the 32nm process and has 50% more cores, 50% more last level cache and several other improvements we detailed in our first article. In our second article on Westmere, we take a look at the performance of the Westmere-EP product, targeted at 2-socket servers. We compare the performance of Westmere to the socket compatible prior generation Nehalem microprocessors, using the same server and same frequency parts to see the actual benefits of Westmere.
Intel’s eagerly Nehalem microarchitecture is a tremendous advance over the previous generation, pushing forward both system integration and core performance. Nehalem includes 4 cores with simultaneous multi-threading, an integrated memory controller, the new CSI (or QPI) coherency links and a redesigned cache hierarchy in a single die. The first 55xx series Xeons, based on Nehalem will come to market shortly, and with that in mind, we take a look at the performance and power efficiency advantages for Nehalem.
This article provides a technical overview and a performance preview of Intel’s upcoming Stoakley platform, which uses the 45nm Harpertown server processor and the Seaburg chipset.
Introduction Since the release of Woodcrest earlier this year, Intel has been resurgent in the dual processor server market. In earlier articles we explored both the performance and power characteristics of Woodcrest, and in each case it was a substantial improvement over the Dempsey microprocessor. More to the point, Woodcrest is clearly a very potent […]
Introduction In our last article, we outlined the architecture of the Bensley platform with the Blackford chipset and compared it with the prior generation platform with the Lindenhurst chipset and Nocona CPU. We also looked at Intel’s estimates for the performance of fully loaded and highly tuned systems. However, few fully loaded systems are purchased, […]
John Howland takes a look at various system configurations using the Pentium 4 processor, and compares the price and performance aspects
John Howland takes a first look at the P4 2.0A processor and ask the question of whether it is a worthwhile upgrade for the average user.
In Round 1, the professional memory diagnostics from Ultra-X were finalists, as was the surprisingly robust freeware utility called MemTest86. This time, there are five new contenders and an even more difficult set of tests.
What does the KT266A bring to the table? Is it a new chipset, or just a tweak of the KT266? Is it worth ditching your old board to get one? John takes a look at these questions.