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).

Intel Xeon 7460: Six Cores to Bulldoze Opteron

Despite the huge die size and 1.9 billion (!) transistors, the six-core Xeon 74xx is a wallflower, for both the public as Intel's marketing. If you've invested in a...

36 by Johan De Gelas on 9/23/2008

Container-Based OS Virtualization

Taking a dive into the inner workings of another form of virtualization: Container-based OS virtualization.

1 by Liz van Dijk on 7/8/2008

Sixteen Cores, Four Sockets

The quad-socket market is extremely interesting and exciting as AMD's quad-core Opteron and Intel's quad-core Xeon MP are well matched. We show you our first sixteen core benchmarks.

0 by Johan De Gelas on 6/17/2008

Sun Fire X4450: Challenging the HP and IBM bastion

Sun challenges market leaders IBM and HP by claiming that the Sun Fire X4450 can deliver the performance and the functionality of their best 16-core 4U servers in a...

0 by Johan De Gelas on 5/25/2008

Hardware Virtualization: the Nuts and Bolts

If you like to understand how binary translation, paravirtualization, and hardware virtualization work, this article is for you. We delve deep into the heart of VMware ESX, Intel VT-x...

1 by Johan De Gelas on 3/17/2008

The IT view of CeBIT 2008

We look at the newest AMD and Intel servers and some of the newer storage devices presented at the CeBIT 2008 show.

0 by Johan De Gelas on 3/13/2008

VMworld Europe 2008 Coverage

Bits and pieces of what we learned about virtualization at VMworld Europe 2008, which took place in Cannes around the end of February.

0 by Liz van Dijk on 3/10/2008

Application Virtualization

We provide an introductory look at a versatile answer to safe software deployment and distribution. We have a short overview of the different approaches, and we'll check out some...

11 by Liz van Dijk on 2/25/2008

The Google Mini - A look at Google's entry-level search appliance

Google's Mini laid bare: we take a closer look at its functionality and put its performance to the test.

19 by Liz van Dijk on 12/21/2007

AMD's 3rd generation Opteron versus Intel's 45nm Xeon: a closer look

The new Xeon 45nm (or Xeon 54xx series) arrived in the lab weeks ago, so a server CPU benchmark update is overdue. However, there is another reason we decided...

43 by Johan De Gelas on 11/27/2007

Affordable storage for the SME, part one

This is the first article of series of articles in which we explore the world of Storage Area Networks (SANs) in search of affordable storage solutions for SMEs. We...

21 by Johan De Gelas on 11/7/2007

Intel "Harpertown" Xeon vs. AMD "Barcelona" Opteron

Intel and AMD release new-and-improved quads: AMD ships Barcelona and Intel tweaks the current Xeon. We see how the two stack up against each other in the IT world.

77 by Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 9/18/2007

Low Power Server CPU Redux: Quad-Core Comes to Play

We take a look at the latest low voltage G-stepping quad-core Xeon and compare it to AMD's current low voltage offering.

36 by Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 9/13/2007

AMD's Quad-Core Barcelona: Defending New Territory

Today AMD's third generation Opterons launches - only at 2GHz, but packed with many clever tricks to improve the IPC and with a surprise update coming in the near...

46 by Johan De Gelas on 9/10/2007

AMD's Opteron hits 3.2GHz

AMD launches four new Opterons, two at 3GHz and two at 3.2GHz. How do they perform compared to the Intel alternatives? What about performance per watt? Well find out...

30 by Johan De Gelas on 8/6/2007

Killing the Business Desktop PC Softly

It's 2007, and a serious attempt on the life of the PC is in the works. Shockingly, the murder is planned by nobody less than the "parents" of the...

39 by Johan De Gelas on 7/19/2007

Low Power Server CPU Shoot-out

We take a look at two nearly identical systems and compare the low power server processor offerings from AMD and Intel.

27 by Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 7/17/2007

Supermicro's Twin: Two nodes and 16 cores in 1U

Low electricity bills, very high processing power, and all at an attractive price - the newest Supermicro server promises a lot. Find out if the promises also materialize as...

28 by Johan De Gelas on 5/28/2007

Intel Clovertown: Quad Core for the Masses

Intel shows what a non-native quad core product can deliver, beating rival AMD's quad core solution to market.

56 by Jason Clark & Ross Whitehead on 3/30/2007

Promise VTrak J300s

We take a look at a 12 drive SAS chassis from Promise and compare SAS, SATA and SCSI while taking a stroll down memory lane.

31 by Jason Clark & Dave Muysson on 2/2/2007

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