It’s a similar story in iTunes 8 where the software fully loads a single core of the processor and lightly loads the rest to give a total load of 15 percent.
iTunes 8 MP3-to-AAC Transode
In Power Producer, a single Xeon runs at 40 per cent and dual Xeons run at 20 per cent load. The performance of Core i7 and the Xeons in these games and apps comfortably beat Skulltrail which is doubtless due to a combination of factors. The QX9775 CPUs in Skulltrail support SSE 4.1 whereas Core i7 and Xeon 5500 support SSE 4.2, and Skulltrail suffers from its use of 800MHz FB-DIMM memory.
POV-Ray Dual Xeon
how about php/webserver tasks and database tasks vs a similar spec xeon 5400.
@ "Not desktop"
Odd. The MacPro, containing a pair of these mofos, looks a lot like a desktop to me.
All we need to do is get shot of that 'orrible OSX...
Is the X5550 really £958 and not $958? :)
Steve because he shipped them 1st.
Impressive test results
So, you run a bunch of tests that
1) Can't actually test the performance of the kit
2) Is not actually relevant to the intended uses of the kit
3) Despite points 1 and 2, declare the performance as breathtaking.
If you MUST do video compression testing on multi-core CPU's, then at least endeavour to use software that, you know, can utilise multiple cores.
DVDRIP on linux springs to mind.