Category Archives: Processors

Dell 12th Generation Server Cheat Sheet

Over the past several months, Dell has been rolling out a number of new 12th generation servers that all use the new 32nm Intel Xeon E5 series processor (aka Sandy Bridge-EP). These new servers all have much higher memory density … Continue reading

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Building an Intel Ivy Bridge Desktop System, Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote about buying some of the components that I needed to build a new 22nm Ivy Bridge based desktop system. When I wrote that initial blog post, the actual Ivy Bridge desktop processors were not … Continue reading

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Quick Roundup of Intel Ivy Bridge Reviews

The overall opinion seems to be that the 22nm Ivy Bridge represents a relatively small boost to CPU performance (typically 5-20% compared to the 32nmSandy Bridge, depending on the task), a pretty significant boost to integrated graphics performance (typically 40-65% … Continue reading

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Intel Ivy Bridge Release Coverage

Web sites, blogs and media outlets in Europe and the U.K. are starting to post some early Ivy Bridge stories, which means that the Intel information embargo about the Ivy Bridge processor must be nearly about to expire. From what … Continue reading

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SQL Server 2012 Core Factor Table for AMD Processors

As of April 1, 2012, Microsoft has a new SQL Server 2012 Core Factor Table for AMD processors. You can download it here (PDF warning). The complete SQL Server 2012 Licensing Overview is here. The most relevant part of this … Continue reading

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Building an Intel Ivy Bridge Desktop System, Part 1

I stopped by my local Micro Center on April 9, 2012, and I noticed that they had just received their first shipment of ASUS Z77-based motherboards. They were still on the warehouse cart, not even on the shelves yet. There … Continue reading

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A Tale of Four Laptops

With the release of the 22nm Ivy Bridge microarchitecture less than three weeks away, at the end of April 2012, I thought it might be a good time to do my little part to stimulate the world economy by giving … Continue reading

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Second TPC-E Benchmark Result Published For SQL Server 2012

NEC has submitted the second TPC-E OLTP benchmark result for SQL Server 2012, running on an Express5800/A1080a-E system, which is a new record of 4614.22 TpsE. This is for an eight socket system with 2.4GHz Intel Xeon E7-8870 processors, 2048GB … Continue reading

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Intel Sandy Bridge-EP Processor Recap

On March 6, 2012, Intel finally released the Xeon E5 processor family, (aka the Sandy Bridge-EP). Sandy Bridge is a Tock release for Intel, and as such, it represents a huge jump in both performance and power efficiency over the … Continue reading

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Toshiba Satellite C655-S5503 Review

If you are “in computers” according to your family and friends, you are typically expected to provide lifetime, free tech support for all computer related issues for everyone you know. Since you are “in computers”, you must automatically know everything … Continue reading

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