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Test Setup And Details

Duel of the Titans: Opteron vs. Xeon
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AMD Processors (Socket 940)
n/a FSB Dual DDR 333 (166 MHz) Opteron 1.8 GHz (1800 MHz / 128/1024 kB)
AMD Processors (Socket A)
166 MHz FSB (DUAL DDR333) Athlon XP 3000+ (2166 MHz 128/512 kB)
Athlon XP 2800+ (2083 MHz 128/512 kB)
Athlon XP 2500+ (1833 MHz 128/512 kB)
166 MHz FSB (DUAL DDR333) Athlon XP 2700+ (2166 MHz 128/256 kB)
133 MHz FSB (DUAL DDR266) Athlon XP 2600+ (2133 MHz 128/256 kB)
Athlon XP 2400+ (2000 MHz 128/256 kB)
Intel Processors (Socket 604)
133 MHz FSB (Dual DDR266) HT Xeon 3.06 GHz (3066 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
Intel Processors (Socket 603)
100 MHz FSB (Dual RD PC800) HT Xeon 2.8 GHz (2800 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
Intel Processors (Socket 478)
200 MHz FSB (Dual DDR400) HT Pentium 4 3.00 GHz (3000 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
133 MHz FSB (Dual DDR333) HT
133 MHz FSB (RD PC1066) HT
Pentium 4 3.06 GHz (3066 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
133 MHz FSB (Dual DDR333) Pentium 4 2.80 GHz (2800 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
Pentium 4 2.66 GHz (2800 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
Pentium 4 2.53 GHz (2533 MHz 12-8/512 kB)
Memory
PC 1066 (533 MHz) 2 x 256 MB / 32ns / 16 Bit (Kingston)
DDR400 (200 MHz) 2 x 256 MB / 5ns / 64 Bit (Corsair)
PC 800 (400 MHz) 4 x 256 MB / 45ns / 16 Bit (Infineon)
DDR333 (166 MHz) ECC, REG. 4 x 512 MB / 6ns / 64 Bit (Infineon)
DDR266 (133 MHz) ECC, REG 2 x 256 MB /
Motherboard
Intel 850E Asus P4T533-C Rev : 1.03
Bios : 1010 BETA 001 (1/20/2003)
Nvidia nForce2 Asus A7N8X Rev : 1.03
Bios : 1002 Beta 004
Intel 875 Asus P4C800 Rev : 1.03
Bios : 1003 Beta 3
Intel 860 MSI MS-6508 Rev : 1
Bios :
Intel 7505 Intel SE7505VB2 Rev : unknown
Bios :
Common Hardware
Graphics Card ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
Memory : 128 MB DDR-SDRAM
Memory Clock : 620 MHz (256 Bit)
Chip Clock : 325 MHz
Hard Drive 40 GB, 6L040J2, Maxtor
UDMA100, 7200 rpm, 2 MB Cache
Network D-Link DFE-530TX (10/100 Mbit)
CDROM Asus 52x
Drivers
Intel Chipset V 5.00.1009
Intel IAA V 2.3.0.2160
Nvidia nForce Asus V1.16
Graphics Driver CATALYST 3.2 Version : 6.14.01.6307
ATI Control Panel Version : 6.14.10.4029
DirectX Version : 9a
OS Windows XP, Build 2600 SP1 (English)
Linux Enterprise 8.1
Server Benchmarks under Linux 32/64 Bit
Database test MySQL 3.23.52 - 32 Bit SuSE Enterprise 8
MySQL 3.23.52 - 64 Bit SuSE Enterprise 8
Memory transfer Stream 5.1 with customizations - 64 Bit
FPU/Integer performance Unixbench 4.1 (Drystone/Whetstone)
FPU performance Whetstone with 3 compiler flags
NASA Benchmark 1 ARC 2D (Euler algorithm, depth 100)
NASA Benchmark 2 NPB (BT, CG, EP, IS, LU, MG, SP)
Samba File Transfer 1 D-Bench 2.0 (MB/s)
Samba File Transfer 2 T-Bench 2.0 (MB/s)
Workstation Benchmarks under Windows XP
3D Rendering Lightwave 7.5 Build 572
Cinema 4D XL 8.001
3D Studio Max 5.1
MP3 Audio Encoding mp3 Maker Platinium 3.04
MPEG-2 Video Encoding Pinnacle Studio 8.5
Main Concept 1.3.1
File compression Winrar 3.11
CPU and Multimedia Bench PC Mark 2002
SiSoft Sandra 2003 SP1

We used several different benchmark tests in order to give you a complete and balanced picture of how the two servers performed. The benchmark results from various desktop and workstation CPUs provide a general overview.

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