32-core Sun server vs 4-core AMD based server

Posted on Friday, Aug 18 2006 @ 14:13 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Smugblog wrote a review about the Sun Fire T1000 server and compares it to "Olde Faithful", a rackable C1000 with two dual-core AMD Opteron 270HE 2GHz processors.
I'm not a big believer in the raw clock speed of CPUs, especially after watching our 2GHz Opterons clobber our 3GHz non-Woodcrest Xeons, but in this case I'm gonna give Sun the benefit of the doubt and guess that their clock speed is probably "high quality," just like AMD's.

CoolThreads' 8 cores x 1.0GHz = 8GHz. Olde Faithful's 4 cores x 2.0GHz = 8GHz. My hypothesis is that both are going to deliver roughly equivalent performance when it comes to the $/CPU portion of the equation. I predict a tie under load (which is what we care about most), but that when not loaded, Olde Faithful will serve photos faster.
Check it out over here.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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