Intel Xeon E3

The much anticipated và already announced Sandy Bridge Xeons were supposed to lớn follow desktop & notebook counterparts in short order, however it seems lượt thích everything Sandy Bridge is on hold while Hãng sản xuất Intel rectifies Cougar Point. However, the new Sandy Bridge Xeons are here! Today attention is on the Xeon E3-1220 which is a 3.1ghz quad core without Hyper-Threading or on-board graphics. It does have an 80w TDPhường, AES-NI, ECC tư vấn, VT-x & VT-d support và a host of other desirable features for the server market.

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Just to lớn give sầu readers perspective sầu on the lineup, here is the February 2011 (pushed lớn April 2011 due khổng lồ the Cougar Point bug) Hãng Intel Xeon E3-1200 series launch line-up:

2011 Xeon E3 1200 Series Lineup

A quiông chồng note, C200 series motherboards seem to be under NDA/ embargo as of February 2011, so that is probably the reason for the lack of nhận xét. Finding LGA 1155 motherboards is tough at the moment as the world awaits the B3 stepping of Cougar Point khổng lồ finally arrive sầu. Luckily, this turned out khổng lồ be less of an issue than I had thought it would be. Another note, things like CPU-Z bởi vì not properly recognize the new chips at this point so consider this a CPU performance previews.

Intel Xeon E3 12trăng tròn CPU-Z 1.57

Ed. It does appear that Hãng sản xuất Intel has pulled the E3-1200 family from channels where quite a few people have received the chips lately. After speaking with Hãng Intel, it seems as though the early release of the few chips was due khổng lồ a distributor phối up resulting in a premature release. The Xeon E3 series has not been released, which is why as of March 14 there is no information on Intel’s site, yet but I expect more information lớn be forthcoming in the near future. Being clear, the Xeon E3 chips have sầu not launched yet và that is the reason for their unavailability.

Test Configuration

Finally being able to lớn post power consumption numbers on a proper platkhung is important because IPMI 2.0 & KVM-over-IPhường are becoming must-have features on new server motherboards. The Supermicro X8SI6-F was one of the most popular motherboards reviewed on this site for the Lynnfield platsize as it incorporated a LSI SAS2008 SAS 2.0/ SATA III 6.0gbps 8-port controller onboard. I therefore used the most similar motherboard I had at launch, the Tyan S5512WGM2NR to perform the testing.

Hãng Intel Xeon E3-1220Motherboard: Tyan S5512WGM2NRPower Supply: Seasonic X650 (650w Gold cấp độ power supply) PicoPSU 150XT with 150w power supply

Update 5 April 2011: Today Intel announced the Xeon E3-1220 CPU, & I am able to lớn publish power consumption numbers using a proper C204 board, a Tyan S5512WGM2NR. I have sầu updated the power consumption numbers herein. I had originally posted the Reviews using a ASUS P8H67-M EVO so the new Xeon E3 series CPUs do work in at least some consumer motherboards which is much better than the LGA 775 và 771 days.

The Tests

Since there is scant to lớn no performance information on the C200, I decided to lớn add a few more tests than I normally bởi vì for storage focused CPU nhận xét. This included Cinebench R11.5 which is a great multi-threaded benchmark, 7-Zip compression benchmarks, and Truecrypt encryption benchmarks. For comparison’s sake, I also ran the Lynnfield Xeon X3440 and X3460 through the same battery of tests. I am skipping gaming benchmarks because that is really unnecessary on a server CPU. My personal i7-2600K runs stable at 5.0ghz và was only slightly more expensive, so it is hard to lớn justify using a Xeon for gaming at this point. That is a big departure from the Xeon W35xx W36xx & X34xx series CPUs that were similar to lớn their Chip Core i7 counterparts in terms of FSB overclocking.

Windows Experience Index

Personally, I think that Microsoft’s built-in relative sầu performance indicator, the Windows Experience Index (WEI) does not vì chưng enough khổng lồ bao tay and stratify CPUs, especially at the upper-kết thúc. With that being said, a lot of readers ask for WEI scores so I have learned lớn oblige.

Hãng Intel Xeon E3 1220 WEI Score

7.4 CPU score is in the same area as the previous generation Xeon X3440 that coincidentally occupies the same price point that the Xeon E3-12trăng tròn is targeting. One may question the 3.3 showing as the WEI total, that is courtesy of the GeForce 7200 GS GPU. For those regular readers, this is well below what the Hãng sản xuất Intel Graphics HD 3000 scores.

Cinebench R11.5

I have sầu been using Cinebench benchmarks for years but have sầu held off using them on ServeThetrang chủ.com because the primary focus of the site until the past few months has been predominantly storage servers. With the expansion of the site’s scope, Cinebench has been added to lớn the chạy thử suite because it does represent a valuable benchmark of multi-threaded performance. I have sầu had quite a few readers tương tác me about this type of performance for things lượt thích servers that are Adobe CS5 compute nodes & similar applications. Cinebench R11.5 is something that anyone can run on their Windows machines to lớn get a relative sầu idea of performance.

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Cinebench R11.5 With Xeon E3-1220

Here the Intel Xeon E3-12trăng tròn really shows what it is made of. My hypothesis was that the X3460 would be significantly faster than the E3-12trăng tròn but I was clearly incorrect. If one already has a Lynnfield family CPU with Hyper Threading, at least the non-Hyper Threaded CPUs like the Xeon E3-12đôi mươi and Vi xử lý Core i5-2500K are not a significant nâng cấp. The Vi xử lý Core i7-2600K does show a sizable lead ahy vọng the 4-core CPUs.

7-Zip Compression Benchmark

7-Zip is an immensely popular compression application with an easy to lớn use benchmark.

Intel Xeon E3 12trăng tròn 7-Zip

In 7-Zip, the E3-1220 does fall behind the previous generation Hyper-Threaded X3440 và X3460 parts and the Core i5-2500K và Chip Core i7-2600K. As a non-Hyper-Threaded Sandy Bridge core, it performs just below the bộ vi xử lý Core i5-2500K. One can surmise that the 200MHz cloông chồng speed advantage for the bộ vi xử lý Core i5-2500K is more beneficial beneficial over what the Xeon E3-1220 enjoys.

Hãng sản xuất Intel Xeon E3-1220 7-Zip CPU Comparison

I was a bit surprised khổng lồ see 7-Zip take advantage of Hyper-Threading this well because the clock speed & architecture of the Xeon E3-12đôi mươi should favor it over the previous generation Lynnfield CPUs.

TrueCrypt Encryption Benchmarks

With Intel’s focus on its AES-NI features TrueCrypt can look a bit skewed. Unlượt thích some dubious drivers over the years that were optimized for benchmarks over real world application, Intel’s AES-NI feature does encompass the addition of specialized hardware. This specialized hardware has many practical uses & is becoming more supported. For example, users of Solaris 11 can utilize the AES-NI features to lớn see much higher throughput on encrypted volumes. Without further waiting, here is the Hãng sản xuất Intel Xeon E3-12đôi mươi TrueCrypt benchmark run:

Hãng Intel Xeon E3 12trăng tròn TrueCrypt 1GB Benchmark

As one can see, the AES benchmark is through the roof. 2.4GB/s is enough lớn feed the outer edges of sixteen modern 3.5″ SATA/ Nearline SAS disks. Here is the Xeon X3440 for comparison.

Xeon X3440 TrueCrypt

One can see that the new E3-1220’s laông xã of Hyper-Threading does have sầu a significant impact on the other metrics, & in some cases the X3440 is able lớn come out ahead. Perhaps one of the most important things about the above sầu is that the Xeon E3-12đôi mươi is able to lớn see 130MB/s in each area, meaning single GigE transfers will not be slowed by the E3-1220’s processing capability.

Intel Xeon E3-12đôi mươi TrueCrypt CPU Comparison

As for the AES performance, the above speaks volumes. Sandy Bridge benefits from higher clochồng speeds & hardware instructions, và Hyper-Threading is less of an advantage.

Handbrake 0.9.5 x264 Encoding Benchmarks

As was noted in the Sandy Bridge nhận xét, I am moving from DVD quality to Blu-Ray unique encoding with Handbrake this year. During the transition period, I will still have both sets of numbers, however CPUs reviewed previously may not get re-tested for the newer HD test.

Hãng sản xuất Intel Xeon E3-1220 Handbrake Transcode CPU Comparison

As one can see, the Xeon E3-12trăng tròn is a powerhouse of truyền thông encoding lượt thích its Sandy Bridge desktop brethren putting significant distance between it và Lynnfield và Bloomfield CPUs. One really interesting note here is that one can see just how far Intel’s architecture has progressed over the past few years. The Chip Core 2 Quad Q6600 also has 8MB of on-die cabịt (albeit L2) four cores, no Hyper-Threading, and a stoông chồng cloông xã of 2.4GHz. The 700MHz cloông xã tốc độ advantage amounts lớn just shy of a 30% improvement in clochồng tốc độ, yet in four years since the Q.1 2007 Q6600 launch, the lower-kết thúc quad cores now encode đoạn phim about 300% faster, and consume less power.

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