The story behind the high-end Xeon has been the same for the past 5 years: Intel's most expensive beats the Oracle alternative in every way you can look at it, and offers better performance per watt/dollar than the massive IBM Power servers. And each time a new generation of quad/octal socket Xeons is born, Intel increases the corecount, RAS features and performance per core while charging a lot more for the top SKUs. From the Intel side, this new generation is no different: more cores, better RAS, slightly more performance per core and ... higher prices.
Our Ask the Experts series continues with another round of questions.
A couple of months ago we ran a webcast with Intel Fellow, Rich Uhlig, VMware Chief Platform Architect, Rich...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/27/2010
A couple of months ago we ran a webcast with Intel Fellow, Rich Uhlig, VMware Chief Platform Architect, Rich Brunner and myself. The goal was to talk about the...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/22/2010
Keeping an eye on power when choosing the hardware and software components is thus much more than naively following the hype of “green IT”. It is simply the smart...
Johan De Gelas on 7/15/2010
The past couple of years have shown us a lot can be done with very modest CPU power thanks to Moore's Law. Everything from netbooks to smartphones rely on...
Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/14/2010
HP has announced their latest notebook, which they claim is ideal for business users requiring mobile access to server-based, virtual PC or blade PC computing. Dubbed the 4320t Mobile...
Balraj Sandhu on 5/12/2010
HP has unveiled their latest notebooks. This large launch features many new entries into both their business and consumer notebook lines. Perhaps the most eye-catching are the Arrandale equipped...
Balraj Sandhu and Jarred Walton on 5/5/2010
Supermicro have launched today their second generation of GPU computing servers, using NVIDIA Tesla 20-series GPUs. This product line is an upgrade from their first generation servers, and...
Ian Cutress on 5/4/2010
HP's ProBook line targets the business sector, and the 5310m looks like the sort of laptop you'd expect a CEO to carry around. Of course, looks aren't everything, and...
Jarred Walton on 4/26/2010
We received Dell's latest R810 server for review, coupled with the Intel Xeon X7560. The R810 supports two or four octal-core Intel Xeon Nehalem EX processors, with the potential...
Johan De Gelas on 4/12/2010
This one may be a bit too subtle for most, but bear with me here. AMD's latest Opteron has a lot of cores, 12 per chip to be...
Johan De Gelas on 3/29/2010
The new Xeon “Westmere” 5600 series, has arrived.
Johan De Gelas on 3/16/2010
The Dell Precision M6500 is what we expect from a mobile workstation: high on quality and low on fluff. It’s also very expensive, but the cost of the hardware...
Jarred Walton on 3/9/2010
More cores (32 to 48) in medium-range servers results in 20 to 50 VMs on one virtualized server. We investigate if 10Gbit Ethernet is finally ready to solve the...
Johan De Gelas on 3/8/2010
Performance per Watt rules the datacenter, right? Wrong. Join us as we investigate why there's more to it than just being green.
Johan De Gelas on 1/18/2010
We tried to find out what the new AMD roadmap means for our IT readers: the professionals who actually configure and buy these servers.
Johan De Gelas on 11/23/2009
Should you bother with quad socket servers now that we have powerful dual socket platforms available? We check how the quad Xeon X7460, quad Opteron 8345, and the dual...
Johan De Gelas on 10/6/2009
We test five different x86 rack servers that focus on reducing power requirements and keeping costs very low. At the same time, we show how the low power Opterons...
Johan De Gelas on 7/22/2009
This is the second part of our ESX optimization tips and tricks, diving into storage optimization and configuration options.
Liz van Dijk on 6/29/2009
Want to gain the upper hand on your colleagues by getting the very best performance out of ESX? AnandTech IT shares its best practices uncovered in the development of...
Liz van Dijk on 6/16/2009
AMD added 2 cores to the improved AMD quad-core “Shanghai”. Which applications can take advantage of these extra cores? The answer is more interesting than you might think...
Johan De Gelas on 6/1/2009