So I get to work this morning and there's a brand new workstation sitting next to my desk, still in the box.
It has a Xeon 5680 6-core CPU, and I'm used to AMD Opterons.
I'm wondering if there will be any beneift (or drawback) to turning on hyperthreading and/or the enhanced turbo boost mode. Any links to benchmarks would be welcome. The software I use the most is Autodesk Inventor 2010 and Mastercam X4.
Turbo has multiple settings? Typically, it's either off or on, so if there is an additional setting ("Enhanced"), it's probably specific to the motherboard. You could always turn it on and see what happens.
Personally, I would try it, ideally with something like CPU-Z running, and see what the CPU does in both standard and advanced mode. It has to be a difference in clock speeds, so you should be able to see what it's doing.