Moving up the Xeon product stack, the larger and more complicated the die, the lower the yield. Intel sells its 14-18 core Xeons from a top end design that weighs in at over six billion transistors, and we have had two of the 14C models in for review: the E5-2695 V3 (2.3 GHz, 3.3 GHz turbo) and E5-2697 V3 (2.6 GHz, 3.6 GHz turbo).

High-End x86: The Nehalem EX Xeon 7500 and Dell R810

We received Dell's latest R810 server for review, coupled with the Intel Xeon X7560. The R810 supports two or four octal-core Intel Xeon Nehalem EX processors, with the potential...

23 by Johan De Gelas on 4/12/2010

AMD's 12-core "Magny-Cours" Opteron 6174 vs. Intel's 6-core Xeon

This one may be a bit too subtle for most, but bear with me here. AMD's latest Opteron has a lot of cores, 12 per chip to be...

58 by Johan De Gelas on 3/29/2010

The Intel Xeon 5670: Six Improved Cores

The new Xeon “Westmere” 5600 series, has arrived.

40 by Johan De Gelas on 3/16/2010

Dell M6500: A Precision Strike on Bling

The Dell Precision M6500 is what we expect from a mobile workstation: high on quality and low on fluff. It’s also very expensive, but the cost of the hardware...

42 by Jarred Walton on 3/9/2010

10Gbit Ethernet: Killing Another Bottleneck?

More cores (32 to 48) in medium-range servers results in 20 to 50 VMs on one virtualized server. We investigate if 10Gbit Ethernet is finally ready to solve the...

49 by Johan De Gelas on 3/8/2010

Dynamic Power Management: A Quantitative Approach

Performance per Watt rules the datacenter, right? Wrong. Join us as we investigate why there's more to it than just being green.

35 by Johan De Gelas on 1/18/2010

AMD's 2010/2011 Roadmap from the IT Professional’s Perspective

We tried to find out what the new AMD roadmap means for our IT readers: the professionals who actually configure and buy these servers.

34 by Johan De Gelas on 11/23/2009

Expensive Quad Sockets vs. Ubiquitous Dual Sockets

Should you bother with quad socket servers now that we have powerful dual socket platforms available? We check how the quad Xeon X7460, quad Opteron 8345, and the dual...

32 by Johan De Gelas on 10/6/2009

Testing the latest x86 rack servers and low power server CPUs

We test five different x86 rack servers that focus on reducing power requirements and keeping costs very low. At the same time, we show how the low power Opterons...

12 by Johan De Gelas on 7/22/2009

Optimizing for Virtualization, Part 2

This is the second part of our ESX optimization tips and tricks, diving into storage optimization and configuration options.

13 by Liz van Dijk on 6/29/2009

Optimizing for Virtualization

Want to gain the upper hand on your colleagues by getting the very best performance out of ESX? AnandTech IT shares its best practices uncovered in the development of...

10 by Liz van Dijk on 6/16/2009

AMD's Six-Core Opteron 2435

AMD added 2 cores to the improved AMD quad-core “Shanghai”. Which applications can take advantage of these extra cores? The answer is more interesting than you might think...

39 by Johan De Gelas on 6/1/2009

Real-world virtualization benchmarking: the best server CPUs compared

We proudly present our newest virtualization benchmarking effort: vApus Mark I. The results are quite surprising on the latest server CPUs as it paints a very different picture than...

66 by Johan De Gelas on 5/21/2009

VMmark Scores Investigated: should VMmark be part of your hardware decisions?

VMmark is supposedly the most important industry standard benchmark today. We investigate the confusing number of different Xeon 5570 VMmark scores and try to understand how relevant VMmark is...

23 by Johan De Gelas on 5/8/2009

VMware announces vSphere

VMware takes its first official steps into true Cloud Computing territory; let's have a closer look at what to expect.

11 by Liz van Dijk on 4/22/2009

The Best Server CPUs part 2: the Intel "Nehalem" Xeon X5570

Better hardware virtualization, a vastly improved server platform, and eight logical cores per CPU: it's no secret that the Xeon "Nehalem" X5570 is the Formula One car among the...

44 by Johan De Gelas on 3/30/2009

SSD versus Enterprise SAS and SATA disks

We compare RAID configurations of up to 16 SATA drives, up to eight SAS drives, and up to eight Intel X25-E SLC SSDs in different situations and try to...

66 by Johan De Gelas on 3/20/2009

The Best Server CPUs Compared, Part 1

This article is different from the previous ones, as we have changed the methodology we use to evaluate a server CPU. Read on, and find out why we feel...

29 by Johan De Gelas on 12/22/2008

AMD Shanghai Launch - Database Testing

AMD's new 45nm Shanghai CPU launches today and we ran tests using database workloads. What changes, and what remains the same?

31 by Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 11/13/2008

An Introduction to Virtualization

For those readers finding our in-depth studies of various technologies a bit too daunting, we've created an introductory piece that should allow anyone an easy entry into the fascinating...

16 by Liz van Dijk on 10/28/2008

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