Intel Woodcrest Performance Preview
Posted on: 05/17/2006 05:00 AM

Test Systems and Workloads

Last time around in my Bensley Preview, I caught a lot of crap for not including more recent Opterons in the comparison. This time, AMD has stepped-up to the plate with a pair of Opteron 285s, their current dual-core flagship, and I'd like to take a moment to thank Damon for helping us out.

Notably absent are Intel's current (until today) dual-core Xeons. Paxville wasn't that well received due to high power consumption and low performance and, unfortunately, the Paxville system we procured for testing hasn't been cooperating from a stability and/or performance standpoint.

All that being said, let's take a look at the machines we have in the spotlight today.

I would like to take a minute to send a special thanks to Iwill (The DK88 they sent is very nice, and quite a performer), OCZ, and PC Power & Cooling for helping me get the Opteron machine together for this test. All of the companies I just mentioned make some stellar components and I really appreciate their support. If you're looking to make some purchases for your new machine, you owe it to yourself to checkout the product line-ups from these companies.

We used the following versions of our test applications: <ul><li>SiSoft Sandra Lite 2007
<li>Black & Scholes Kernel (Optimized x64, custom VS2005 compile)
<li>Autodesk's 3ds Max 8.0
<li>Maxon's CINEBENCH 9.5 (x64)
<li>Sungard Adaptiv Credit Risk Analysis
<li>Pegasys' TMPGEnc Plus v2.524.63.181
<li>Futuremark's PCMark05</ul>All benchmark numbers presented were an average of three runs, except for 3ds Max which is listed as the highest of three runs.

All test systems' desktops were set at 1024x768, 32bit color with a 75Hz refresh rate. "Optimized Defaults" were used in the BIOS on all machines. Hyperthreading was enabled on the applicable machines for all tests.

With the exception of the Black & Scholes kernel, all of our testing methods are publicly available and easily reproducible. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the tests, feel free to discuss them in our forums.

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