Video performance: Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650 vs Intel Core i5 660.

Lightsmark Benchmark Result i5 660 processor.
Lightsmark Benchmark Result QX9650 processor.

In both of the above benchmarks the following items are identical:

Fedora 12×64

Nvidia Video driver

Evga GTX260 core 216 GPU

4G of RAM

Intel X25-M SSD

The following items are different:

DDR2 RAM for the QX9650 benchmark.

DDR3 RAM for the i5 660 benchmark.

The QX9650 is using an Evga 780i FTW motheroboard.

The i5 660 is using an ASUS P7H55-M Pro motherboard.

The differences in the benchmark results are negligible.   The i5 660 Processor is able to perform within one half of one percent of the QX9650.

Provided the Intel Core 2 Extreme Edition QX9650 processor is an older processor.  But it is a processor that was one of the fastest Intel had ever created 2 years ago when it released.

Advantages:

If you are in the market to buy or build a new computer, the Intel i5 660 makes a very compelling argument for high performance.  Of all things, it is also very energy efficient.   The processor tends to run very cool even under duress.   My testing shows a top temperature of 35 degrees Celsius with stock cooling in a CoolerMaster 690 II advanced case with the stock fans.  If you are using an older processor that is not as powerful as the QX9650 you should see significant performance gain.   Bottom line.  This system has more bang for your proverbial dollar than any other system you can buy or build.   I build and sell i5 660 based systems starting at $1195 plus shipping.  The Intel Core 2 Extreme Edition QX9650 processor cost $1000 on sale typically.

Disadvantages:

The Intel H55 chipset does NOT support dual video cards OR RAID.   If you are interested in those features you will need to step up to an Intel P55 chipset based motherboard to enable them.  The extreme performance crowd will want SLi or Crossfire support that this system can NOT provide.   Even if you use a P55 chipset motherboard you are limited to two video cards running at 8x performance each.  To obtain the full x16  performance on multiple video cards simultaneously  you have to step up to an X58 socket 1366 motherboard and processor.

Fastest Super-Pi benchmark!

My workstation has a Super-Pi Benchmark of 10.32 seconds.
This is the amount of time it takes a computer to calculate Pi to the millionth digit.

The system is a very capable mid ranged workstation, comprised of:

ASUS P7H55-M Pro Motherboard mATX

Intel Core i5 660 3.33Ghz Processor

4G Corsair DDR3-1333 2X2048 Memory

Intel X25-M 80G SSD

Western Digital 5000AAKS 500G SATA II drive

Antec Sonata III Case with Earthwatts 500W power supply

I use a 22″ Samsung 220WM LCD, a Microsoft Intellimouse explorer 3, and a Microsoft Comfort curve 2000 keyboard.

Results are posted at Phoronix

Nvidia “Fake” RAID0 identical in speed to Fedora 12 Soft RAID.

Test Results
I have often read that Fedora Logical RAID has better performance characteristics than a “BIOS” or “FAKE” RAID. That may be true in some cases. Today I dispelled that myth in regards to Nvidia BIOS RAID0 versus Fedora Logical RAID0. The test results were identical. Results were obtained with the latest Fedora 12 updates applied, and EXT4 was the format of the file systems. Note that in all but one test of the series, the Nvidia C55 based ASUS P5N-E SLi E8400 system using a standard WDC 5000AAKS running Fedora 11 with an EXT3 partition outperformed an Evga 780i FTW QX9650 system using two WDC 5000AAKS in RAID0 AND using an Intel X25M SSD. Check the results at the link at the top of this article.

Fastest Servers on earth for compiling Apache web server 2.2.11

I now have the 3 fastest benchmarks for compiling Apache web server version 2.2.11. The server I build that out performs everything else is the ECC® Sabre, which I build on a case by case basis. The results are published at Phoronix

If you are interested in ordering an ECC® Sabre or any of the other servers I build by hand in the United States of America, feel free to contact me at jaguar07 at evanscomputers.com or visit my web site