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Intel V8 Media Creation System Review - Eight Cores of Power!

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel
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System Setup and Benchmarks

Due to the inherent difficulty of comparing a dual-socket octo-core system to a single-socket quad- or dual-core system, these tests are hard to call "apples-to-apples".  But, they are close as you'll be able to get when comparing what a system like the Intel "V8" can actually do compared to the current top of the line enthusiast systems out there. 


































Intel "V8" Test System Setup


CPU


2 x Intel Xeon X5365 @ 3.0 GHz @ 4 cores


Motherboards


Intel S5000XVN


Memory 


4 x Samsung 1GB DDR2-667 FB-DIMM @ 5-5-5


Hard Drive


Western Digital Raptor 150 GB - Review


Sound Card


Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value


Video Card


ATI X1900 XTX


Video Drivers


Catalyst 7.4


DirectX Version


DX 9.0c / 10


Operating System


Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

































Intel Core 2 Test System Setup


CPU


Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 @ 2.93 GHz @ 2 cores
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 @ 2.67 GHz @ 4 cores


Motherboards


Intel 975XBX2


Memory 


Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4


Hard Drive


Western Digital Raptor 150 GB - Review


Sound Card


Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value


Video Card


ATI X1900 XTX


Video Drivers


Catalyst 7.4


DirectX Version


DX 9.0c / 10


Operating System


Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit


































AMD Test System Setup


CPU


AMD Athlon FX-62 AM2


Motherboards


NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI


Memory 


Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4


Hard Drive


Western Digital Raptor 150 GB - Review


Sound Card


Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value


Video Card


ATI X1900 XTX


Video Drivers


Catalyst 7.4


DirectX Version


DX 9.0c 10


Operating System


Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit


You'll also notice that our testing suite is pretty different this time around.  Why?  It makes no sense to compare this "V8" platform to the current Core 2 Duo or Athlon FX systems on a bunch of benchmarks that are geared around applications that the V8 simply isn't designed for. 


It takes a VERY particular type of user to see the benefits of an eight-core computer and so we'll try our hand at both standard tests like PCMark05 and 3DMark06, but also throw in some new ones like Photoshop CS3 and POV-Ray in order to reach the target audience of this hardware. 




  • SiSoft Sandra XI


  • Futuremark 3DMark06


  • Valve Source Engine tests


  • LAME 3.97a


  • Windows Media Encoder x64


  • WinRAR 3.70 Beta 8


  • POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 20b


  • Adobe Photoshop CS3
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