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Today we're taking a look at Cavium's ThunderX, a highly integrated ARMv8 server SoC with 48 cores and lots of I/O. With the ThunderX, Cavium is looking to challenge Intel and their market-dominating Xeon lineup. Meanwhile Intel hasn't been standing still and has further improved the Xeon D line. To that end we've put Cavium's new server SoC to the test and compare it against the latest and greatest twelve and sixteen core Xeon Ds. And we also got a hold of the new Xeon E5-2640 v4 which holds the promise of being a SKU with an excellent balance between performance and power. Can the ThunderX compete with the best Intel SKUs? Let's find out!

Intel Launches 4S and 8S Broadwell-EX Xeons: E7-4800 v4 and E7-8800 v4 Families, up to 384 Threads

The super-high-end of Intel’s Xeon CPU range, based on servers with as many cores and as much memory as you can throw at them, represent a good part of...

25 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2016

The Intel Broadwell-E Review: Core i7-6950X, i7-6900K, i7-6850K and i7-6800K Tested

What would you do with more CPU cores? This is a question I see posted from an Intel employee on a yearly basis, and it actually is a difficult...

201 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2016

Intel Announces Xeon E3-1500 v5: Iris Pro and eDRAM for Streaming Video

The rise of video stream services, especially live services, has accelerated the need for dynamic and on-the-fly conversion of video content and the infrastructure to do so. Moving from...

27 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2016

Market Views: HDD Shipments Down 20% in Q1 2016, Hit Multi-Year Low

Leading industry watchers like IDC and Gartner early this year predicted that the first quarter of 2016 would not be good for the PC industry and various companies agreed...

115 by Anton Shilov on 5/12/2016

The GIGABYTE Server MW31-SP0 Motherboard Review: A Quick Look at C236

When we learned that Intel would be restricting Skylake based Xeon E3 CPUs to motherboards using server chipsets only, there was a small outcry from a community that has...

30 by Ian Cutress on 4/21/2016

Western Digital Introduces WD Gold HDDs for Datacenters

Western Digital has announced a new family of hard drives specifically for data centers. The new WD Gold HDDs will feature multiple technologies that the company uses to build...

29 by Anton Shilov on 4/19/2016

OpenPOWER Gains Support as Inventec, Inspur, Supermicro Develop POWER8-Based Servers

When IBM, Google, Mellanox, NVIDIA and Tyan founded OpenPOWER Foundation three years ago, the initiative was supported by only two server manufacturers: Google, which builds servers for itself, and...

15 by Anton Shilov on 4/15/2016

Several CAPI-Enabled Accelerators for OpenPOWER Servers Revealed

Over a dozen special-purpose accelerators compatible with next-generation OpenPOWER servers that feature the Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) were revealed at the OpenPOWER Summit last week. These accelerators aim...

9 by Anton Shilov on 4/12/2016

Tyan Introduces 1U POWER8-Based Server for HPC, In-Memory Applications

At this week's OpenPOWER Summit in San Jose, California, Tyan has introduced its new IBM POWER8-based 1U servers designed for high-performance computing (HPC) as well as in-memory applications. The...

35 by Anton Shilov on 4/7/2016

The Intel Xeon E5 v4 Review: Testing Broadwell-EP With Demanding Server Workloads

Fifteen months after first reaching consumers, Broadwell has finally arrived in the server space with Broadwell-EP. Premiering with the Xeon E5 v4 family, Intel is now offering server processors...

109 by Johan De Gelas on 3/31/2016

Intel Cloud Day 2016 Live Blog, 9AM PT

I'm here at Intel's Cloud Day at the Nasdaq Center in San Francisco, ready for a live blog of the keynote talk from Diane Bryant, SVP and GM of...

3 by Ian Cutress on 3/31/2016

AMD Expands G-Series Embedded SoCs with Excavator Microarchitecture

Back in October 2015, AMD’s embedded business unit announced the first SoCs from AMD using DDR4, combining AMD’s Excavator cores found in the Carrizo notebook platform but fully...

6 by Ian Cutress on 2/23/2016

Dell To Add Off-Host BIOS Verification To Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise

At CES this year, Dell kind of broke from tradition and focused more on their business products. When I had a chance to talk to them, they were very...

8 by Brett Howse on 2/4/2016

Skylake Iris Pro hits Intel’s Pricing Lists: Xeon E3-1575M v5 with GT4e

One of our forum members, Sweepr, posted Intel’s latest pricing list for OEMs dated the 24th of January and it contained a number of interesting parts worth documenting. ...

70 by Ian Cutress on 1/26/2016

New GIGABYTE Server Motherboards Show Xeon D Round 2

The Xeon D platform, as reviewed by Johan back in June, put together eight Broadwell cores, 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, dual 10 Gbit Ethernet and USB/SATA control all into...

23 by Ian Cutress on 1/18/2016

QNAP at CES: A M.2 SSD NAS, Dual-Xeon ZFS NAS and More

At CES 2016, QNAP showed off what they had been introducing into the APAC market over the last three months. CES was used to make the North American market...

10 by Ganesh T S on 1/10/2016

Host-Independent PCIe Compute: Where We're Going, We Don't Need Nodes

The typical view of a cluster or supercomputer that uses a GPU, an FPGA or a Xeon Phi type device is that each node in the system requires one...

8 by Ian Cutress on 12/21/2015

Workstation Love at SuperComputing 15

One of the interesting angles at Supercomputing 15 was workstations. In a show where high performance computing is paramount, most situations involve an offload of software onto a small...

34 by Ian Cutress on 12/14/2015

China Calling: Huawei’s Media Tour, Kirin 950 and Why We Went

Sometimes the only way to develop a relationship with a technology manufacturer beyond a simple press release exchange with a media relations team, and the odd limited-time product review...

109 by Ian Cutress on 12/4/2015

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