Power Consumption

Our power consumption data is preliminary. We really have to doublecheck all the power data. Very roughly, we find that the Opteron 2435 machine consumes about 35-45W less than the Xeon X5570. On a total of slightly more than 300W, that is about 10 to 15%. Idle power seems to be slightly in favor of the Xeon “Nehalem”. We’ll update this data in our next article.

Market Analysis

As always we do an analysis based on what the servers are bought for. There are quite a few fields that we have not covered in this article, but with the exception of the ERP benchmarks, those markets are hardly relevant. HT assist might improve bandwidth in a quad-socket configuration, but must be disabled in a 2P configuration. As a result the six-core has less bandwidth per core, which means that most of the HPC application will not perform better. The infrastructure market is looking for as much memory as possible, not for more processing power with the same amount of memory.

So there is only piece really missing in the puzzle: the ERP results. The SAP benchmarks are not that hard to predict: The six-core Opteron will probably improve the SAP score by 25 to 35% over a 2.7 Ghz quad-core Opteron 2389. This will not threaten the dominant position of the Nehalem Xeons which are up to 81% faster than the latter.

Server Software Market Importance Benchmarks Used Effect of 2 extra cores (Istanbul vs Shanghai) Intel Xeon X5570 2.93 vs Opteron 2435 2.6
ERP, OLTP 10-14%

SAP SD 2-tier (Industry Standard benchmark)

Oracle Charbench (Free available benchmark)

Not known yet

+27%

Not known yet

50%

Reporting, OLAP 10-17% MS SQL Server (Realworld vApus benchmark) +46% 16%
Collaborative email, DC, file/print 14-18%
32-37%
MS Exchange Loadgen (MS own load generator for MS Exchange)

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Software Dev. 7% None Unknown Unknown
Web 10-14% MCS eFMS (Realworld vApus benchmark) -3% 14%
HPC
Other
4-6%
2%?
LS-DYNA (Industry Standard)
3DSMax (Our own bench)
Unkown
+5%

Unknown
50%

Virtualization 50% VMmark on ESX 4.0 (Industry Standard)
vApus Mark I on ESX 3.5
vApus Mark I on ESX 4
+41%
+37%
+35%
+/- 51%
0.7%
11-30%

 

The OLTP-market is also firmly in Intel's grasp. Things look better in our website benchmark, until you remember that a single Xeon X5570 performs just as well as dual six-core Opteron. That leaves two markets: Decision Support Databases and servers bought for virtualization. But that last one is incredibly important…

vApus Mark I: Performance-Critical Applications Virtualized Conclusion
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    That is laughable. Lets see I have only purchased all Intel servers in the last 7 years. But in the last 2 years anyone who does any system administration knows virtualization has just leaped to the forefront. Its that important. Even email is being virtualized. Databases are still physical and will probably be for some time to come. But make no mistake about it, how well it does at virtualizing is at the top of the list. Especially considering the recent recession. Virtualizing allows more to be done with less of everything. Next time maybe have some experience in something else besides reading the internet and maybe you might understand a thing or two. Reply
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    I don't think thats really what he/she was saying, they were saying that in terms of the IT world, Virtualization is now one of the (if not the) most important features. Right now, there are major pushes in the industry to make more efficient use of hardware, virtualization is one major part of doing that. I agree that a "virtualize everything" mentality is not good, but the OP makes a great point about the importance of virtualization in todays IT world. Reply
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