Our Test Server

We are currently testing the new Intel QSSC-S4R server. Intel claims that even though the TDP of the best quad-socket Xeons is still 130W, the total platform power consumption is quite a bit lower. We are definitely interested to see if this is the case.

The test system comes with eight memory daughterboards, each with two memory buffers and four DIMMs per memory buffer. With 8GB DIMMs, you can easily fit 512GB of memory into the system.

The four CPUs are cooled by massive 3U high heatsinks.

We are performing some virtualization benchmarking (VMware vSphere 4.1 update 1) as we speak. SQL Server 2008 and power numbers will be added too. At a later date we should be able to give some Linux KVM benchmarking numbers. For now, we don't have any results to report, but stay tuned....

Westmere-EX SKUs and Performance


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  • Barfo - Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - link

    First! Reply
  • quiksilvr - Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - link


    Moving on, I like seeing Intel push forward, but those prices are quite high.
  • mariush - Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - link

    I'd be happy to be just low enough to make AMD drop prices on their 12 and 16 cores processors.

    Hoping to be able to afford a 7-900$ quad G34 motherboard and 4 x 500-700$ 12/16 core processors in the near future.
  • MySchizoBuddy - Thursday, April 07, 2011 - link

    AMD has 16 core processors? when did that happen Reply
  • MrSpadge - Sunday, May 01, 2011 - link

    He may be referring to the coming Bulldozers with 6 and 8 modules.

  • H8ff0000 - Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - link

    Shouldn't this be a ban-able offense on every forum / comment-enabled website? Childishness abounds. Reply
  • tipoo - Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - link

    It should be. Reply
  • taltamir - Thursday, April 07, 2011 - link

    I concur Reply
  • Slash3 - Thursday, May 19, 2011 - link

    I second the concurrance. Reply
  • Griswold - Thursday, April 07, 2011 - link

    Eliminate them. All of them. Reply

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