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AMD's Opteron 250 vs. Intel's Xeon 3.6 GHz in a Workstation Duel of the Elite

Test Setup

Intel Processors (Socket 604)
200 MHz FSB (Dual DDR2-400)Nocona 3.6 GHz (3600 MHz 12-16/1024 kB)
133 MHz FSB (Dual DDR266)Xeon 3.20 GHz (3200 MHz 12-8/512/2048 kB)Xeon 3.06 GHz (3066 MHz 12-8/512/2048 kB)
AMD Processors (Socket 940)
200 MHz FSB (DUAL DDR400)Opteron 250 (2400 MHz 128/1024 kB)
Intel Processors (Socket 775)
200 MHz FSB (Dual DDR2-533)Pentium 4 3.6 GHz (3600 MHz 12-16/1024 kB)
Memory
AMD Opteron(Socket 940)4x 512 MB - DDR400 (200 MHz)Corsair CMX512RE-3200LL XMS3200Rv1.1Timings : CL 2.0-3-2-6-11-16Voltage : 2.5 V
Intel Xeon(Socket 604)4x 512 MB - DDR400 (200 MHz)Corsair CMX512-3200LL XMS3205v1.2Timings : CL 2.0-2-2-5Voltage : 2.5 V
Intel Nocona(Socket 604)4x 512 MB - DDR2-400 (200 MHz)Infineon HYS72T64000GR-5-ATimings : CL 3.0-3-3-11Voltage : 1.8 V
Intel Prescott(Socket 775)4x Infineon DDR2-533 (266 MHz)HY64T64000GU-3.7-ATimings : CL 3.0-3-3-12Voltage : 1.8 V
Motherboard
Intel Xeon Platform(Socket 604)MSI Master-LS2 (MS-9121), Rev. 1Intel E7505 ChipsetBIOS : V1.2B4 (01/05/04)Integrated Broadcom 5721 GbE single port with ASF 2.0
AMD Opteron Platform(Soket 940)Tyan Thunder K8W (S2885ANRF), Rev. 1.01AMD 8151BIOS : V2.02 (05/14/04)Broadcom BCM5703CKHB PCI-X GB LAN
Intel Nocona Platform(Socket 604)Super Micro X6DA8-G2, Rev. 1.1Intel E7525Bios :Intel FW82546 GB PCIe GB LANAsus NCCH-DL, Rev. 1.02Intel 875EBios : 1001 (06/21/2004)Intel
Intel P4 Platform(Socket 775)Gigabyte GA-K8ANXP-D, Rev. 1.0Intel 925X ChipsetBIOS : F2 (06/07/2004)Marvell Yukon 88E8053 Gigabit (PCI-E)
Common Hardware
Graphics CardsNvidia/PNY Quadro FX3000 AGPGPU : NV35GL (400 MHz)Memory : 256 MB DDR (425 MHz)Nvidia/PNY Quadro FX3400 PCIEGPU : NV45GL (350 MHz)Memory : 256 MB G-DDR3 (450 MHz)
Sound CardTerratec Aureon 7.1 Space96.00 kHz sample rate
Hard Drive (AMD System)Promise FastTrak S150 TX2plus (Bios : 1.00.0.37)2x SATA Maxtor 6Y080M013530B (RAID 0)80 GB / 8 MB Cache / 7200 rpm
Hard Drive (Intel System)Intel FW82801ER ICH6FR2x SATA Maxtor 7B250S00 (RAID 0)250 GB / 16 MB Cache / 7200 rpm
DVD/CD-ROMMSI MS-8216D 16x DVD
Software
AMD ChipsetA8111 and A8131X 2 1 0 1 Driver PackAGP 8.1.9EIDE 8.2.2SMBus 2.0System Management 1.8.1High-Precision Event Timer 1.0.0IOAPIC 1.8.0
Intel ChipsetChipset Installation Utility 6.0.1.1002
Nvidia Graphics (AGP and PCIE)Detonator 61.76
DirectXVersion : 9.0c
OSWindows XP Professional 5.10.2600, Service Pack 2
  • bgd73
    hey thanks for this. There is errors in the test, especially in memory speed of xeons, in fact, it is ridiculous. I am going for older 7525 chipset in CEB motherboard...these machines are just getting started. I be sure to go for HT. thanks.
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