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We give dual Intel Xeon E5-2670s the once over

Preview After delays the Sandy Bridge ES chips finally show up
Mon Mar 05 2012, 18:12

SYSTEM BUILDER Boston has shown off a workstation based on Intel's Xeon E5 chip, giving us an idea of what sort of configuration the chip will appear in.

img-9266Intel is set to launch the Xeon E5 processor tomorrow, however details of Xeon E5 systems are starting to appear. One such machine is Boston's Venom 2000-7T, which has two Xeon E5-2670 processors running at 2.6GHz.

Last week The INQUIRER benchmarked the Venom 2000-7T to get a feel for how Intel's delayed Sandy Bridge E chips perform. Our full benchmarks will be posted tomorrow but in the meantime here is a subset of what you can expect.



System specifications

2x Intel Xeon E5-2670 processors
Supermicro X9DAI motherboard
32GB Supermicro 4GB DDR3-1600 4 ECC Registered memory
Lian Li PC-90B case
865W Supermicro PWS-865-PQ power supply
128GB Crucial M4 SSD
1TB Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 hard drive
PNY Quadro 4000 graphics card
Windows 7 64-bit Professional operating system


Idle power consumption from the plug is 140W. At boot-up power draw spiked to 280W while during Sandra cryptographic tests it was 372W.

Noise levels were not out of the ordinary for a dual-processor Xeon workstation, are only noticable at boot-up when the fans spin at 100 per cent.


PCMark Vantage score: 3209
Cinebench CPU: 22.35 points

Cinebench OpenGL: 58.27 frames per second


Sequential read: 501.6 MB/sec
Sequential write: 203.8 MB/sec

Random read: 392.4 MB/sec
Random write: 204.3 MB/sec

4K read: 24.92 MB/sec
4K write: 63.13 MB/sec

For Intel the biggest selling point of its Xeon E5 chip is multi-chip configurations, with memory configurations of greater than 32GB. Even Boston admitted that a single chip Xeon E5 setup is not particularly attractive when compared to a Core i7-3960X, even though it has two more cores.

Our full comparison against a single processor Intel Core i7-3960 will be posted tomorrow. µ


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