Socket-F System
The Socket-F system has two 2.6GHz (2218) processors mounted on a Tyan S3992 main board, with 8x1GB of DDR2-667 OEM memory. Internal cooling consists of five 3.5" fans and two CPU fans. Internal storage is provided by two WD1600YD hard drives configured in RAID 0, which is where the OS is installed.

Opteron 285 System
The Opteron 285 system consisted of a Tyan S2891 motherboard and 8 x 1GB of PC3200 DDR memory. We powered the 285 out of the Socket-F case, to keep the power measurements accurate. Internal cooling was identical to the Socket-F system, as the motherboard was placed inside the Socket-F system. The internal drives from the Socket-F were also used, to keep the measurements identical.

Woodcrest System
The Woodcrest system is configured with two 3.0GHz Xeon 5160 processors, seated in a SuperMicro X7DBE+. We also swapped out the processors and tested with two Xeon 5150 (2.66GHz) CPUs to provide a second reference point. The Woodcrest system is outfitted with 8x1GB 667 MHz OEM FB-DIMMS. Internal cooling consists of five 3.5" fans, with plastic ducting directing airflow across the CPUs and FB-DIMMs (shown below). Internal storage once again comes from two WD1600YD hard drives configured in RAID 0 with the OS installed.

Socket-F Server

Woodcrest Server
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RAID Storage
LSI Logic 8480E MegaRaid Controller
Promise VTRAK J300s SAS Chassis
12 x 146GB Fujitsu 15,000 RPM SAS Drives configured in RAID 0

Operating System/Software
Windows 2003 Enterprise SP1 x64
SQL 2005 Enterprise x64

Test Client
Dual Opteron 285 with 8GB of memory.

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  • minidad - Thursday, December 21, 2006 - link


    Anandtech has done a lot of hard work here, and should be commended for this, but the methodology appears flawed. The metric of comparison between the different systems is the % cpu utilization at 6 different load points. However, if you examine the Dell DVD Store cpu utilization graphs, the CPU utilization for each load point is different for different cpus except for the two heaviest load points. They should be the same at each load point for correct comparison. In other words, when the opteron 2218 is running at 65% cpu load in load point 3, the woodcrest is running at 50%. Since the load points for the different cpus are not comparable, the conclusions of the article are unfortunately not usable.

  • Mantruch - Thursday, December 21, 2006 - link

    Woodcrests are faster? well, thats all i need to know
  • Nighteye2 - Monday, December 18, 2006 - link

    Does that version of Windows server support NUMA? It could make a significant impact on results...
  • BikeDude - Thursday, December 21, 2006 - link

    NUMA is supported on
    Windows Server 2003
    WinXP SP2
    and newer

    See reqs at:">
  • gouyou - Monday, December 18, 2006 - link

    I think it would be nice to have a test using a linux plateforme. I'm wondering if there is any performance gain for AMD using scheduling and memory management algorithms made with a NUMA set-up in mind. I guess that in some scenari we might see the opteron performance closer to the Intel one.
  • JarredWalton - Monday, December 18, 2006 - link

    The Dell test runs on Linux, while our forums benchmark runs on Windows Server 2003 x64. We will be providing additional benchmarks in the near future comparing Opteron and Xeon in other ways, so stay tuned.
  • Spacecomber - Monday, December 18, 2006 - link

    Sorry if I overlooked where this was mentioned in the article, but are these comparable systems comparably priced?
  • Nehemoth - Monday, December 18, 2006 - link

    Why you don't include information test for Terminal services, for example in out company with have plans to migrate from an old version of Citrix Metaframe to the Windows 2003 server terminal services.
    And don't care much about the power consumption (in out country the electricity bill is always high not matters what) but i do care much about the upgrade path, for example :
    (And taking in mind the HP solutions , DL365 opteron VS DL380G5)

    1-If i choose Opteron over Woodcrest will be easy or more cheap to buy more memory next year end?

    2-What about Quad Core, i know that i can buy woodcrest QC now but it will become conductible this upgrade concerning the bus of intel or should i see beyond to opteron QC (anyway for an upgrade for a system bought it in january 2007 shall be are less january 2008).

    These are the things that matters to me right now and i hope that AT answer those question sooner than later.

  • Nehemoth - Monday, December 18, 2006 - link

    HP has curious quad core upgrade path">
  • mino - Monday, December 18, 2006 - link

    As for upgrage path, go AMD.

    While Woodcrest is usually a bit better than AMD, K8L will be better in allmost every aspect to Clovertown.

    Also I doubt 45nm Penryn-derived 4C Xeons will be compatible with current platforms.

    As of now I would go for some serious 16DIMM board with cheaper DC like 2214. And plan upgrade in Q407 or Q108 to K8L.

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