Intel's Bensley platform gives extreme performance

By Justin Mann on December 16, 2005, 4:17 PM
Intel has swung ahead in the performance world versus Opteron with the release of the Bensley platform, designed for the Dempsey and Woodcrest Dual Core Xeons. Using the new Blackford chipset, it is designed to support 1066MHz FSB for the fastest Xeons. Dempsey will come in 1066 and 667MHz FSB varities, with a TDP of 130W on the faster parts and 2MB independent L2 cache (For a total of 4MB). A big bottleneck on Xeons has been the 533MHz FSB for a long time, which has now been doubled, giving the Xeons a lot of headroom. While the Xeons most definitely are able to achieve the highest levels of performance, they do so at a great cost in power. Though Intel has promised us much more power efficient chips next year, that time has not yet come and the Dual Core Dempseys are some of the most power-greedy CPUs in the server market, at 130W. The comparable Opteron is at 95W, a mere 15W above the “future” Woodcrest Xeon. Both aspects of performance and power are important, so it is still a “best fit” scenario, which may change in the future. Check the full article for performance and power details.




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PanicX said:
Finally Intel is giving AMD some pressure! I was beginning to lose hope that Intel would become competitive again in the server market. Unfortunately the chips have yet to come to market and when they do, we'll have to see what AMD will have in its corner.
smtkr said:
Intel's bread and butter is manufacturing. That's how it became big; not from superior design (even in the early days).
cyrax said:
amd needs to learn from intel. better power consumption and effeciency is the name of the game now.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
[b]Originally posted by cyrax:[/b][quote]amd needs to learn from intel. better power consumption and effeciency is the name of the game now.[/quote]Did you mean the other way around?AMD makes low-power versions of CPUs, too.
Nodsu said:
For anything but laptops it is AMD that makes the most efficient processors at the moment.Also, the chipsets and CPUs discussed here are for servers and you won't see any of that stuff on your desktop unless you are a rich performance fanatic :p
Didou said:
[b]Originally posted by cyrax:[/b][quote]amd needs to learn from intel. better power consumption and effeciency is the name of the game now.[/quote]Is that why that dual-core Xeon is eating up to 130W by itself ?
barfarf said:
Plus us geek admins like being green. Good for the environment.
blue_dragon said:
wow so Intel is waking upNOt sure how it affects 95% of PC users
mentaljedi said:
Intel's been a bit quiet lately. Let's see how they fair when its released.
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