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Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz Socket 604 Processor Review

Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz Socket 604 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Xeon CPUs we're examining have been built with 0.13 micron process technology, and are based on the Gallatin core which operates with a 533 MHz Front Side Bus (FSB).
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External Mfg. Website: Intel Sep 29 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, SuperPi

SiSoft Sandra 2004 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2004 Benchmark Results
Multimedia Benchmark CPU Benchmark Memory Benchmark
Processors Integer SSE2: Floating-Point SSE2: Dhrystone SSE2: Whetstone SSE2: Integer SSE2: Float SSE2:
Athlon64 3200+ 14980 19780 8394 3171 FPU / 4141 SSE2 3115 3117
Pentium 4 3.2C 14724 23343 9370 2754 FPU / 6163 SSE2 5021 5019
Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Enabled 47055 65392 18652 7714 FPU / 13299 SSE2 2270 2242
Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Disabled 38091 44525 15296 4493 FPU / 8284 SSE2 2266 2276
Single Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Enabled 23524 32883 9397 3847 FPU / 6811 SSE2 2632 2636
Single Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Disabled 19034 22419 7891 2246 FPU / 4140 SSE2 2663 2651

Units:

it/s it/s MIPS MFLOPS MB/s MB/s

These are some of the highest scores we've ever seen in this benchmark! Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz chips with HyperThreading really flex their muscles in SiSoft Sandra! Note that with two CPUs, bandwidth is less than with one. Not what I expected, but it almost certainly has to do with the two processors sharing the bandwidth and the load. The additional cache memory undoubtedly helped the Xeon here as it vastly outperformed its Pentium 4 sibling in everything except memory bandwidth, which is unsurprising considering the 3.2C uses the 800Mhz FSB.

Super Pi Source: SuperPI

SuperPI calculates the number PI to 1 Million digits in this raw number crunching benchmark. The benchmark is fairly diverse and allows the user to change the number of digits of PI that can be calculated from 16 Thousand to 32 Million. The benchmark, which uses 19 iterations in the test, is set 1 Million digits.

Lower numbers denote faster calculation times (seconds), and hence, better performance.

Super Pi (1 million digits) Benchmark Results (Lower is better)
Processors Seconds Ranking
Athlon64 3200+ 43

Pentium 4 3.2C

45
Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Enabled 51

Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Disabled

51
Single Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Enabled 51

Single Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Disabled

51

While SuperPi is a good measure of pure FPU power of Xeon processors, it can only address one logical processor at any given time regardless of whether HyperThreading or two processors are installed. The Pentium 4 calculates faster due to its higher 800 MHz FSB and higher overall clock speed, while the Athlon 64's differing architecture and overall number crunching power give it the nod.

POVray Source: FutureMark

The Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer (POV-Ray) is an all round excellent package, but there are two things that particularly make it stand out above the rest of the crowd. Firstly, it's free, and secondly, the source is distributed so you can compile it on virtually any platform.

Lower numbers denote faster calculation times (seconds), and hence, better performance.

POVray Benchmark Results(Lower is better)
Processors Seconds Ranking
Athlon64 3200+ 145

Pentium 4 3.2C

179
Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Enabled 184

Dual Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Disabled

184
Single Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Enabled

186

Single Xeon 3.06 GHz HT Disabled

185

POVray is similar to SuperPi in that it can address only one physical processor at any given time. This is why the benchmark reports identical times for each test regardless of whether HT is enabled or dual Xeon processors are used. Again the number crunching power of the Athlon 64 carries the day, but the Xeon's acquit themselves well nonetheless.

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Contents of Article: Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz
 Pg 1.  Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz Socket 604 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  History and Technology of the Xeon
 Pg 3.  Hyperthreading Technology on the Xeon
 Pg 4.  Faster FSB and Cache
 Pg 5.  — Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, SuperPi
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: ScienceMark, CINEBENCH 2000
 Pg 7.  Two Fast Server Chips!

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