Intel X5560 Xeon System Benchmarked

TechRadar got access to a dual-socket, Nehalem EP system (with two 2.8 GHz Nehalem CPUs and 24GB of DDR3 memory), and did some quick benchmarks. They showed some pretty incredible results (almost double the performance of a 3.4GHz, dual socket Penryn based Xeon 54xx system), and much better performance than a brand new, quad-core AMD Shanghai based system. 

These new Core i7 based Xeons are supposed to be available in Q1 of 2009. Every other benchmark I have seen for desktop versions of the Core i7 indicates that they will really shine for server applications, such as SQL Server.

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