Server Benchmark Configurations

We used two relatively basic servers, both made to be affordable and low power. The Intel server comes recommended by Intel, and the Opteron based server is similarly recommended by AMD.

The intel server is an Intel SR1690WB 1U server:

CPU 2x Xeon E5506 2.13GHz or
2x Xeon L5630 2.13GHz
RAM 8x4GB (32GB) Samsung DDR3-1333 CH9
Motherboard Intel S5500WBV
Chipset Intel 5500
BIOS version S5500.86B.01.00.0054,092820101104
PSU Delta Electronics DPS-650SB B Rev

The AMD server was also a 1U server, the Tyan YR190B8228, a 1U "Twin" server. The twin server consists of a 1U chassis containing two completely separate servers.

CPU 2x Opteron 4162 EE 1.7GHz
2x Opteron 4122 2.2GHz or
2x Opteron 4170 HE
RAM 8x4GB (32GB) Samsung DDR3-1333 CH9
Motherboard Tyan B8228Y190X2-045V4H
Chipset AMD SR5650
BIOS version YR190-B8228-x2_v101
PSU 3Y Power Technology YM-2451C RevA 450W

The disk system was identical for each server. We equipped each with a Western Digital 64GB SSD SSC-D0064SC-2100 as the boot disk with an Adaptec 5085 PCI-E 8x SAS controller connected to a Promise Vtrak J300s. We placed the VMs on six SAS disks (Fujitsu MAX3073RC) in RAID-0. The Oracle OLTP databases are on two Intel SLC X25-E SSDs.

Selecting an Appropriate Server CPU Virtual Performance on vSphere 4
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  • mino - Thursday, March 3, 2011 - link

    While the Wh metric is useful for efficiency evaluation, it is pretty much useless for the exact scenario you mention in the conclusion - power-capped server hosting.

    Please add the load-power numbers to the article.
  • ppokorny - Sunday, March 6, 2011 - link

    And if lower results are better, shouldn't the graphs be sorted so the shorter bars are on top?
  • mfenn - Thursday, March 3, 2011 - link

    People actually use the bezels on Dell servers?
  • JohanAnandtech - Saturday, March 5, 2011 - link

    Only for pretty pictures :-)
  • Lord 666 - Thursday, March 3, 2011 - link

    Trying to hold off on the 5600 purchase hoping that the 5700s are almost here.

    Any idea?
  • duploxxx - Friday, March 4, 2011 - link

    ready to hold off until september - oktober?

    I assume you select an Intel server cpu by default as usual by IT?
  • Ben - Thursday, March 3, 2011 - link

    I know that noise level is a bit of a joke for a "real" server, but I've had customers ask me about installing servers in environments that are less than ideal, where the noise level would be a factor in their decision (such as the corner of an office that is occupied).

    I would be interested in seeing noise levels from these units and possibly a future article focused on a couple units that don't sound like a 747 on takeoff.
  • jcandle - Friday, March 4, 2011 - link

    I've experienced this as well. Primarily ones and twos of units as file and workgroup servers where towers would be ideal. Unfortunately, there are not many options when it comes to the storage. Those FC and SAS 16 and 24 bay RAIDs are virtually all designed for rack and put out their share of noise.

    While it doesn't occur often, some companies are requesting racks operate in the same room as workers; sometimes this has to do with large scientific equipment in the room, or other various lab requirements.

    What I would also like to see in addition to noise levels (dB levels at various distances) like Ben request, is the the thermal load (BTU output of each unit). While some manufacturers give it out and it is often estimated, a real world assessment would be nice. Although I understand this would be difficult if you did not receive a dozen or more eval units; perhaps you have trick up your sleeve.
  • bobbozzo - Monday, March 7, 2011 - link

    You can convert Watts to BTUs easily:
  • ZL1Corvette - Thursday, March 3, 2011 - link

    A 95W chip consuming it's full 95W, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year consumes 832.2 kWh a year. At the GE ( average of $.1 per kWh, 832.3 kWh costs only $83.22/year. Going from a 95W chip to a 35W chip only saves $51.19/year. So going with the 4170HE instead of the 4122 costs you $74. You save $24.60 a year. You'd need to keep the chip about 3 years for it to pay for itself. You'll only save a fraction of that per year when only considering the chip consumption, which seems like a safe assumption in the spirit of this article where chips are swapped between the same server.

    I did not use the GE calculator, but it gives the same numbers. A TDP is the thermal output, but I think it's safe to assume that that number is a close representation of the power use of the CPU. Power in = Power out. The only power outs I can think of are the thermal power and the "data" power. I'd find it difficult to imagine the "data" power being significant, and I think that the data would be the same no matter which chip you use.

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