Intel Bensley Platform Preview
Posted on: 11/11/2005 03:04 PM

About a month ago Jim and I were invited to fly out to Oregon and spend some quality time at Intel's Jones Farm campus. The main purpose of the visit was to get acquainted with Intel's upcoming dual-core Xeon platforms, based on the Greencreek and Blackford chipsets and Dempsey processors. Although we spent quite a bit of our two days there watching presentations and taking tours, we did get to spend some quality time with the pre-release hardware. It wasn't really enough time to do everything that we would've liked to do, and since the hardware we had access to was beta, we opted not to post any performance data until we got a real system to play with.

Intel was kind enough to send me that evaluation system a week ago. The system they sent was a server "validation platform" based on the Bensley platform. Because the machine is not a production unit, we had a rough time tracking down drivers to get everything in the box functioning properly. By the time all the bugs were worked out, I was left with only a few days to actually run the tests before the expiration of the official embargo date (today, November 8, 2005). Again I found myself in a time crunch, but this time I was able to complete a large majority of the tests that I wanted to run.

*UPDATE* - I added the power consumption numbers to the last page of the review. Go check them out!

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