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AMD's Opteron 2222SE vs. Intel's Xeon 5160

Today (April 4, 2007), AMD released the 3.0 Ghz Opteron 2222SE processor along with some benchmark charts that show it outperforming Intel's latest dual core Xeon 5160. However, questions regarding benchmark methodology, selection, and presentation remain.
By Matt Conner, Contributor on
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On April 4, 2007, AMD released the 3.0 Ghz Opteron 2222SE processor along with some benchmark charts that show it outperforming Intel's latest dual core Xeon 5160. However, questions regarding benchmark methodology, selection, and presentation remain.
The two systems tested were configured as follows:

  • 2 AMD Opteron processors Model 2222 SE in Tyan Thunder n4250QE motherboard, 8GB memory, 80GB SATA disk drive, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP3
  • 2 Xeon processors 5160 in FSC PRIMERGY TX300 S3, 16GB memory, 73GB SAS disk drive, Windows 2003 Server Enterprise Edition SP1

Click here to see the official published benchmark results for the Xeon based system. AMD expects the test results for the Opteron based system to be published on the SPEC.org Web site within hours or days.
For David Berlind's write-up on AMD's release of its Opteron 2222 SE Processor and how these benchmarks may not be all they're cracked up to be, see his post in ZDNet's TestBed blog.

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The two systems tested were configured as follows:

  • 2 AMD Opteron processors Model 2222 SE in Tyan Thunder n4250QE motherboard, 8GB memory, 80GB SATA disk drive, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP3
  • 2 Xeon processors 5160 in FSC PRIMERGY TX300 S3, 16GB memory, 73GB SAS disk drive, 64-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10

Click here to see the official published benchmark results
For David Berlind's write-up on AMD's release of its Opteron 2222 SE Processor and how these benchmarks may not be all they're cracked up to be, see his post in ZDNet's TestBed blog.

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3 of 3 Matt Conner/ZDNET

The three systems tested were configured as follows:

  • 2 AMD Opteron processors Model 2222 SE in Tyan Thunder n6550W motherboard, 8GB memory, 250GB SATA disk drive, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 SP3
  • 2 Xeon processors 5355 in Colfax Intel S5000 PAL Server board, 16GB memory, 80GB SATA disk drive, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
  • 2 Xeon 5160 processors in Intel(R) Server Board S5000XAL, 8GB memory, 80Gb SATA disk drive, Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS release 4 (Nahant Update 4) Click here to see the official published benchmark results
    For David Berlind's write-up on AMD's release of its Opteron 2222 SE Processor and how these benchmarks may not be all they're cracked up to be, see his post in ZDNet's TestBed blog.

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