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  Intel Dual Xeon DP Review 
  May 21, 2001, 09:00am EDT 
 

Performance evaluation


By: Sander Sassen

With a new architecture such as this it is hard to compare head to head, as there really isnít anything currently available thatíll provide a match, since AMDís 760MP platform is still forthcoming. We choose to setup two identical systems featuring the same hardware configuration so any differences in benchmarks could be solely attributed to the CPUs/motherboard. One system will run a dual 1.7GHz Xeon DP configuration whereas the other will be running a dual 1GHz/256Kb Pentium III Xeon configuration.

Naturally we set out to run both systems under optimal conditions suited for a high-end workstation and choose our other components to fit that purpose. Needless to say that we wonít be looking at any server applications or benchmarks as that isnít the market segment Intel is catering to with their Xeon DP.

Dual Xeon DP configuration
  • CPU: 2 x Intel Xeon DP, 1.7GHz, 256Kb L2-cache
  • Motherboard: Iwill DX400-SN, i860 chipset, 400MHz FSB
  • Memory: 512 Mb, 4 x Samsung PC-800 ECC 128Mb RDRAM
  • Videocard: Elsa Gladiac Ultra, GeForce2 Ultra, 64 Mb
  • SCSI Controller: Adaptec SCSI Card 29160, 64-bits PCI
  • Soundcard: Creative Labs Live! 1024
  • Harddisk(s): Quantum Atlas 10K II 37 Gb, 10.000 RPM, 8Mb buffer
  • CDROM: Generic 32X IDE-ATAPI
  • Floppy: Generic 1.44 MB
  • Powersupply: NMB 460 Watts WTX
Dual Pentium III Xeon configuration
  • CPU: 2 x Intel Pentium III Xeon, 1 GHz, 256Kb L2-cache
  • Motherboard: Iwill DCA200-N, i840 chipset, 133MHz FSB
  • Memory: 512 Mb, 4 x Samsung PC-800 ECC 128Mb RDRAM
  • Videocard: Elsa Gladiac Ultra, GeForce2 Ultra, 64 Mb
  • SCSI Controller: Adaptec SCSI Card 29160, 64-bits PCI
  • Soundcard: Creative Labs Live! 1024
  • Harddisk(s): Quantum Atlas 10K II 37 Gb, 10.000 RPM, 8Mb buffer
  • CDROM: Generic 32X IDE-ATAPI
  • Floppy: Generic 1.44 MB
  • Powersupply: NMB 460 Watts WTX
Software Configuration
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Pro, SP-1, typical installation
  • Disk Configuration: FAT-32, one 37 GB Partition
  • Resolution/Colordepth: 1024x768x16-bits at 75Hz
  • DirectX: DirectX 8.0a
  • Video drivers: Nvidia Detonator v6.50, Windows2000



1. Introduction
2. Pentium Xeon DP
3. Dual Xeon DP Workstation
4. Performance evaluation
5. Benchmark evaluation
6. Benchmark results
7. Benchmark summary
8. Conclusion

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