Intel Xeon E3-1275 Review: Sandy Bridge Goes Professional

Test Setup And Benchmarks

Test Hardware
Processors
Intel Xeon E3-1275 (Sandy Bridge) 3.4 GHz, LGA 1155, 8 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge) 3.4 GHz, LGA 1155, 8 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled
Motherboards
Asus P8B WS (LGA 1155) Intel C206, BIOS 0401
Memory
Crucial 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 ECC Unbuffered, CT51264BA1339.16FD
Hard Drive
Samsung MZ-5PA2560/000 256 GB SATA 3 Gb/s SSD
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics P3000

Intel HD Graphics 3000

Nvidia Quadro FX 580
Power Supply
Seasonic X760 760 W 80 PLUS Gold PSU
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX
DirectX 11
Graphics DriverIntel Driver: 8.15.10.2345

Nvidia Driver: 270.61

Benchmarks and Settings

Video Encoding

MainConcept 2.0

Version: 2.0.0.1555
MPEG-2 to H.264, MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio:
MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16-Bit, 224 kb/s), Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV

HandBrake 0.9.4
Version 0.9.4, convert first .vob file from The Last Samurai to .mp4, High Profile

Applications

WinRAR
Version 4.0
RAR, Syntax "winrar a -r -m3", Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload
Visual Studio 2010
Miranda IM Compile
Blender
Version: 2.54 beta
Syntax blender -b thg.blend -f 1, Resolution: 1920x1080, Anti-Aliasing: 8x, Render: THG.blend frame 1
ABBYY FineReaderVersion: 10 Professional Build (10.0.102.82)
Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages

Adobe After Effects

CS5 10.0.2; Custom Workload, SD project with three picture-in-picture frames, source video at 720p

Adobe Photoshop

CS5 12.0.3; Custom Workload, Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates filters

Adobe Premiere Pro

CS5 5.0.3; Paladin Workload

e-on Software Vue 8 PLE
1920x1080 landscape render, Global Illumination enabled
Euler3D
CFD simulation over NACA 445.6 aeroelastic test wing at Mach .5
Autodesk MatchMover 2011
Custom workload, 720p camera footage tracked in 3D space

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings

SPECapc 3ds Max 9
Default Run, Hardware Shaders, Graphics, and CPU Render scores

SPECapc LightWave 9.6

LightWave 3D Discovery Edition, Render and MT benchmark scores

SPECviewperf 10

Multi-threaded x64 (four-threads); Workloads: 3ds Max, CATIA, Maya, Pro/E, SolidWorks, Teamcenter Visualization Mockup

Cinebench 11.5
CPU and GPU tests, Built-in benchmark
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  • one-shot
    Stop teasing and give us a six core Sandy Bridge CPU!
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  • dragonsqrrl
    one-shotStop teasing and give us a six core Sandy Bridge CPU!

    Sandy Bridge-E, LGA 2011 X79, Q4 2011.
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  • agnickolov
    Finally a compilation benchmark! Now please make it standard in your test suite for CPUs and storage so there's a real benefit from it all for actual comparisons.
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  • memadmax
    They still make xeons?
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  • DavC
    Thanks for this review Chris, very well covered. I'll probably be refering back to this when it comes to spec our next workstations.
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  • Anonymous
    I think this is a useless review. Why are we comparing Apples to Oranges? Lets compare current generation Xeons to Previous generation Xeons.
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  • dgingeri
    one thing I can attest to: companies who cheap out on their workstations and servers never perform well as companies, and eventually fail.

    I've worked with many small businesses, and every one that used a desktop chip for a server or a discount chip (Celeron, Duron, etc) for their desktop computers all performed very poorly. Some seemed to hang on by the sheer will of the owner, and in a couple cases, when the owner got sick for more than a week, the businesses folded like lawn chairs.

    I've also seen an Engineering shop of ~30 engineers invest nicely into a real server and real workstations, and had me set up their entire network with SBS. their business ramped up so fast and well that they had to hire several more engineers and outgrew SBS (limited to 50 users at the time) within the next 2 years, and I had to go back and rebuild their domain with full enterprise level software, and add another server specifically for email. the owner said the investment in that SBS system was the best thing he'd invested in the business since he hired his first engineer.

    Business owners who do not invest in their IT infrastructure fail at business. It's pretty plain and simple. While investing in good IT gear and software doesn't mean you'll ramp up your business to unheard of heights, it does give you a major leg up on the competition.
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  • geekapproved
    No quick sync on a Zeon??
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  • Anonymous
    given the option of a cheaper Xenon that does not have the P3000 im pretty sure 90% of companies would choose that option, discreet graphics would almost exclusively be employed for the majority of workstation class desktops
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  • Anonymous
    Very informative and useful article Mr. Angelini, thank you.
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  • johnners2981
    GeekApprovedNo quick sync on a Zeon??


    Thats a very bold statement, not all companies require top of the range computer equipment
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  • fball922
    So what happens when AMD brings an Opteron with a more-than-competent GPU onboard? At least in GPU-influenced situations they should see a nice advantage I would think.
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  • zerapio
    DiscreetSolutiongiven the option of a cheaper Xenon that does not have the P3000 im pretty sure 90% of companies would choose that option, discreet graphics would almost exclusively be employed for the majority of workstation class desktops

    I think you're wrong. I spend most of my day at work making and compiling code. For me the HD graphics work really well and getting anything more powerful than that, as evidenced from the tests, would be a waste of money. I also don't think I'm in the 10% group.
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  • jemm
    Great article/job!
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  • huron
    Nice job Chris. You made some excellent points. I too have seen far too many try to run servers on desktop hardware - not as big of a problem for home, but that is not quite as mission-critical, right?

    Are you going to do a follow-up to compare to current Xeons?
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  • Anonymous
    @zerapio

    how many folks compile codes the size of which require a Xeon? im pretty sure your in the 10% group, IMHO for the majority of cases if your not pairing the Xeon with a discreet GFX card then chances are Xeon would be overkill
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  • cangelini
    GeekApprovedNo quick sync on a Zeon??


    Geek,
    Intel says the Xeons support Quick Sync (at least that's the case on the ark.intel.com site). However, I suspect that current apps do not recognize the Xeons, and consequently cannot yet take advantage of the hardware. Perhaps it'll be enabled in upcoming app revisions. Until then, I still recommend the desktop CPUs if Quick Sync is important to you.
    Chris
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  • cangelini
    fball922So what happens when AMD brings an Opteron with a more-than-competent GPU onboard? At least in GPU-influenced situations they should see a nice advantage I would think.


    Then the market will get more interesting, to be sure! We still need to see them do this on the desktop, though. I'd be surprised if they didn't end up releasing a FirePro-branded integrated solution at some point!
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  • cangelini
    huronNice job Chris. You made some excellent points. I too have seen far too many try to run servers on desktop hardware - not as big of a problem for home, but that is not quite as mission-critical, right?Are you going to do a follow-up to compare to current Xeons?


    You're very welcome Huron, and thanks for the feedback.

    Which Xeons would you like to see compared? And in which workloads? I'm happy to field ideas on this if it's something you can use!
    Best,
    Chris
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  • lradunovic77
    I will say one thing and that is Intel made such a big mess with 3+ types of socket

    LGA1155
    LGA1156
    LGA1366
    LGA2011
    LGA1356
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