The Best Server CPUs Compared, Part 1by Johan De Gelas on December 22, 2008 10:00 PM EST
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The Opteron Killer?
Will the Xeon 5570 -- a Nehalem based Xeon at 2.93GHz -- completely change the market? Since it is still about three months away, we decided to perform our server tests on the Nehalem test kit. This gives Intel a small advantage as it can use DDR3-1066 unbuffered RAM, while the Xeons will use buffered DDR3 (note: no FB-DIMMs!). However, it is quite possible the Xeon X5550 (2.66GHz) and Xeon X5570 (2.94GHz) will get 1333MHz buffered DDR3, which means that the numbers below will be very close to the truth.
As you can see, the boost from Hyper-Threading ranges from nothing to about 12%. It looks like the newest Xeon will be about 36% faster in MySQL, 26% on our MCS website, and 22% faster on Oracle. That is quite impressive, but this is only a preview and we are only showing you single processor results. Take them with a grain of salt, but it looks like the newest Xeon will smash things up.