Linux Shootout: Opteron 150 vs. Xeon 3.6 Noconaby Kristopher Kubicki on August 12, 2004 2:35 PM EST
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We ran two free, open sourced database benchmarks for this portion of the analysis. The first uses MySQLd 4.0.20d installed from x86_64 RPM; precompiled by the SuSE team. We ran the test-select and test-insert sql-bench exams.
Adding Postgres to the SQL benchmarks was fairly easy. Although this may not be the most optimized way to benchmark Postgres, our time was limited. We installed the DBD-pg Perl library, and then reran our sql-bench results as above in the MySQL tests Postgres was started with the "-o - F" flags.
Remember, even though times are significantly longer in this benchmark, they do not show whether or not one database is faster than the other. However, there are some extreme conclusions we can draw from this test. The Opteron 150 really advances over the Xeon processor in this benchmark. We have shown in previous reviews that HyperThreading seems to hurt MySQL performance as some unnecessary threading probably occurs.