Review Kit

For our review, we were provided with a pair of Xeon E5-2690 (2.9GHz, 135W, C1 Stepping) and E5-2660 (2.2GHz, 95W, C2 Stepping), 64GB of Samsung DDR3 LRDIMM and a Intel 2U barebone system


Intel S2600GZ "Grizzly Pass" Server motherboard – an orgy of 24 memory slots, SAS RAID and 10gE networking 


The R200 "Big Horn Peak" rackmount is also impressive, with (up to 24 x 2.5inch) SAS hotswap and redundant 80+ platinium power all packed in a 2U form factor


Intel SSD 710 SSD that came with it – this 25nm MLC goes for long term enterprise reliability rather than sheer performance, hence the less than impressive numbers relative to other modern offerings


Test Setup

For a relevant unprejudiced comparison, we pitted today's review subjects against a Xeon X5690 (the flagship Westmere-EP) and an AMD Opteron 'Interlagos' 6274, all running Windows 2008 R2 with latest patches. Just for kicks and shock value, we've included our favourite watercooled Core i7-3960X running at 4.78GHz in our lineup. We've also disabled all power management features to get the max performance out of every setup in this lineup.


System 1 (Dual Xeon E5-2690)

2 x Intel Xeon E5-2690 2.9GHz 8-core C1 Stepping with Turbo/HT on

32GB Samsung LR-DIMM @ 11-11-11-28 1T (Quad Channel)


System 2 (Dual Xeon E5-2690)

2 x Intel Xeon E5-2660 2.2GHz 8-core C2 Stepping with Turbo/HT on

32GB Samsung LR-DIMM @ 11-11-11-28 1T (Quad Channel)


System 3 (Dual Xeon X5690)

2 x Intel Xeon X5690 3.46GHz 6-core with Turbo/HT on

EVGA SR-2 W555

24GB G.Skill Value Series DDR3 unregistered @ 9-9-9-24 1333MHz 1T (Triple Channel)


System 4 (Dual AMD Interlagos 6274)

2 x AMD Opteron 'Interlagos' 6274 with Core Scheduling Patch

32GB Samsung ECC Registered DDR3 @ 9-9-9-24 1333MHz (Quad Channel)


System 5 (Single Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.68GHz)

Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.68GHz (104MHz x 46)

16GB G.Skill RipJawsZ 2133 Unregistered DDR3 @ 9-12-10-28 1T 2220MHz (Quad Channel)

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