Intel E5-2600 Series "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeons
Posted on: 03/06/2012 05:41 PM

SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2012.SP2 (18.30)

SiSoftware, founded in 1995, is one of the leading providers of computer analysis, diagnostic and benchmarking software. The flagship product, known as "SANDRA", was launched in 1997 and has become one of the most widely used products in its field. SANDRA is used by almost 500 world-wide IT publications, magazines, review sites to analyse the performance of today's computers. Over 5,000 on-line reviews of computer hardware that use SANDRA are cataloged on the company's website alone.

SiSoft's Sandra is a good way to paint a picture of overall system performance. It is important to note that because Sandra is a suite of synthetic tests, the numbers don't always correlate directly to "real world" performance in "real world" applications. That being said, it is a good stress test, and it does allow us some insight into peak theoretical performance.

We'll start with the CPU tests...

So far nothing is out of the ordinary. The new E5 Xeons are packing more cores and more cache which seems to offset the per-core clock-speed deficit pretty well. How about we take a look to see how the new, quad-channel memory controller stacks-up?

Apparently the memory controller is working as advertised. It is easy to see the huge increase in bandwidth and speed with the quad-channel memory controller, and it also yeilds a bit less latency.

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