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

SiSoft Sandra 2007
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 todayís computers. Over 5,000 on-line reviews of computer hardware that use SANDRA are cataloged on the companyís website alone.
Anyone who has read any of my past reviews knows that Sandra and I have a love/hate relationship. On one hand, Sandra paints a nice overall picture of system performance based on its synthetic tests. On the other hand, those numbers don't always portray an accurate real world experience. Nevertheless, it is an "industry standard", and a quick, easy way to see how your own machine measures-up to the ones I'm talking about today.

In the arithmetic comparison, the Opteron 285s put up a nice showing, but the Dempsey and Woodcrest processors lead by a healthy margin. The multi-media tests are a whole different story. Woodcrest clearly reigns supreme.

It is interesting to note the increases in memory bandwidth from Intel platform to Intel platform. As the FSB has increased, the memory bandwidth has increased as well. It still doesn't measure-up to the Opteron and it's on-die memory controller's bandwidth... At least in this synthetic test.

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