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Intel Xeon Clovertown Quad Core 2X (8 Cores) Review

by Shivaranjan on September 22, 2006


MaxIT Mag has reviewed two Intel Xeon (X5355) quad core processor based on clovertown core, they managed to get the engineering samples which were clocking at 2.66Ghz with 1066Mhz FSB with 8MB of L2 cache. The 2x Xeon clovertown (8 Cores) was compared with Core 2 Quadro (Kentsfield core) and Core 2 Duo (conroe core).

The testbed used for benchmarking consisted of:

Intel Core 2 Duo Setup

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.66 GHz Engineering Sample
  • ASUS P5B Deluxe motherboard
  • 2 x 1 GB Team Xtreem PC2 5300 RAM

Intel Kentsfield Setup

  • Intel Core 2 Quadro E6700 2.66 GHz Engineering Sample
  • ASUS P5B Deluxe Motherboard
  • 2 x 1 GB Team Xtreem PC2 5300 RAM

Intel Clovertown Setup

  • 2 x Intel Xeon Clovertown 2.66 GHz Engineering Samples
  • SUPERMICRO X7DA8-O Dual Socket 771 Intel 5000X Extended ATX Server Motherboard
  • 2 x 1 GB Crucial ECC Registered PC2 5300 RAM

Common Hardware

  • 512 MB Connect 3D X1900XTX Graphics Card
  • 80 GB Maxtor Diamondmax 10 SATA Hard Drive
  • Enermax Galaxy 1000W PSU

Recently Anandtech put a pair of Intel Xeon Clovertown in a Apple Mac Pro but they did not reveal the benchmarking results of the clovertown core.
MaxIT Mag Conclusion:

Being used to my humble Core 2 Duo E6300 rig, I was amazed at how responsive our Clovertown setup was, especially during multitasking. No matter how much load was put on the processor, you could feel it effortlessly glide through any application.

In benchmarks, the performance difference between the Clovertown CPUs and the lesser E6700 at the same speeds ranged from 300% to 0%. Synthetic benchmarks faired better, especially the SiSoft CPU arithmetic and multimedia benchmarks, however as far as real world performance goes, only archiving saw a notable improvement. Video encoding and 3D apps would no doubt see large improvements. Photoshop was sublime in use.
For gamers, there’s little if any reason to go quad core let alone octal core.

The complete article alongwith results can be read here.

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