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Hardware Intel Xeon X7560: Nehalem EX Review

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 7 Apr 2010.

  1. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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    p-dawg86 New Member

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    Hmm. Interesting. One hell of a price though. Oh and quad-sockets do exist. I used to see them on Newegg all the time with AMD's F series.
     
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    p-dawg86 New Member

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    Folding stats are insane. Shame you'd need a wallet to match :)
     
  5. Lizard

    Lizard @ Scan R&D

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    Is it me, or are the benchmarks rather disappointing? :confused:
     
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    confusis Kiwi-modder

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    4 of these setups and we'll rush up the team charts in F@H!

    Anyone have a wad of dosh they want to blow on scientific research?
     
  8. Gonzalo-Gonads

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    I want to see a 256 socket motherboard!!!
     
  9. Tangster

    Tangster Butt-kicking for goodness!

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    Seems that 2 dual socket opterons would be more efficent for folders though, the power consuption on that thing is huge.
     
  10. rickysio

    rickysio N900 | HJE900

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    I want to see what happens when you chain 64 of these motherboards with 4 CPUs each and Fold...

    As F@H has roughly 75% efficiency with addition of 1 more core (I calculated based on the PPD), I guess...
    114958 * 64 * 75% = 5517984
     
  11. yanglu

    yanglu Hmm...

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    How can the power consumption be 1.13KW when the TDP of each CPU is supposed to be 130W? 4 x 130 = 520W... What on earth is eating the remaining 600W!!!????
     
  12. murtoz

    murtoz Busy procrastinating

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    No, simply the wrong benchmarks to run on a system like this.
     
  13. Lizard

    Lizard @ Scan R&D

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    There's a lot more hardware in the system than just the CPUs. For example, there are two chipsets on the motherboard, not one. There are also 16 AMBs and a lot more memory.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised if the massive 128GB RAM drained in excess of 350W on it's own.

    If you recall the "Energy Efficient Hardware Investigated" article you can see that dropping an intel platform from 2x2GB 1.5v 1333MHz memory to 1.35 drops the overall power consumption 11W. So it's fair to say the 4GB consume more than 11W.
    The nehalem system embarks 32 times as much memory, granted it's only 1066Mhz but you can see where I'm going:
    32x11=352W

    So we have 130W (TDP) x 4 and 350W that brings the total to 840W.
    Add to this the motherboard itself, the efficiency of the PSU (+20%) and you wouldn't be very far off.
     
  15. Gradius

    Gradius IT Consultant

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    You'll never see that. Isn't practical at all.
     
  16. Gradius

    Gradius IT Consultant

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    AFAIK, 8 socket and up are available through specifc resellers only.
     
  17. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    Is it me or overall did the 2 x AMD Opteron 6174 seem lke the better way to go? and Im sure for a hell of a lot less making it a better choice for at least the small time server out of your home or small business the way to go.

    However staring at all those threads on the performance screen shot still makes you want to drool a bit. :)
     
  18. Lizard

    Lizard @ Scan R&D

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    Yes, a quad-processor server is complete overkill for any small business - both in terms of the hardware cost and the running cost (power, cooling, space). That said, depending on your requirements, a pair of Xeon X5650s would probably be better than a pair of Opteron 6174s.

    Grin :)
     
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    Why run the LightWave test on only 2 threads on a 32 thread monster? No wonder this machine underperformed. If you get a chance to retest this machine, possibly you could set Multithreading to "Automatic" (under Render Globals). It might give a clearer idea of the power of this machine.
     
  20. Lizard

    Lizard @ Scan R&D

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    The Lightwave test was run with the automatic setting, so was rendering on 16 threads (the maximum that 9.6 supports. I presume you thought it was run on two threads because of the screenshot? If so, that's a generic shot (actually my desktop work PC), not the Nehalem EX system.
     
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