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

x264 Bench HD v4.0

The x264 benchmark is a reproducible measure of how fast your machine can encode a short, HD-quality video clip into a high quality x264 video file. The video encoder (x264.exe) reports a fairly accurate internal benchmark (in frames per second) for each pass of the video encode (Four two-pass encodes) and it also uses multi-core processors very efficiently. All these factors make this an ideal benchmark to compare different processors and systems to each other.

That is just some crazy fast x264 encoding! I don't know what else to say. Wow!

x264 Bench HD v4.0 Power

Final Thoughts

As we have seen in previous processor launches, the new offerings from Intel outperform the last generation is pretty much every single area measured. Perhaps the most impressive part is that all that extra performance comes at an even lower power cost. The away from pure clock speed towards energy efficient performance started several generations ago, and the E5-2600 series Xeons seem to be another pretty big step in the right direction.

While it is always nice to see how Intel's new offerings compare to Intel's "old" offerings, it would be pointless for Intel to release something that did NOT beat-up on its predecessor. The real measure of performance will be seeing how they perform compared to their closest (Only?) competition from AMD. So, consider this "Part 1" of my E5-2600 series Xeon article...

Luckily, I've been working with Boston Limited to acquire a dual Opteron 6274 system to test compared to another pair of Xeons that Intel was kind enough to send me (E5-2660). Since the two systems should be pretty evenly matched on all fronts, I'm eager to get that testing underway as soon as the Opteron system arrives.

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