As I sit here working on the next speed-bump CPU review, trying to somehow make it interesting for you all, I figured I'd just pop in and ask.

Are there any requests in particular for benchmarks you guys would like to see in a not-so-big upcoming CPU review? It won't be a dual core piece, and I've already beaten to death the idea that single core CPUs aren't so hot at multitasking so I don't see much of a need for more there. I was thinking about doing a few lighter multitasking loads to see what the difference in performance would be between a fast single core and a slower dual core with more moderate multitasking involved. Other than that, there's not too much else I've been able to come up with that may be interesting (outside of stuff I can't really talk about yet :)...).

I am also working on updating our benchmark suite (yes, with a new version of Premier as well) but that's not done just yet. So chime in with your thoughts and requests - I can't guarantee that I'll be able to address them all, but I'll do my best.
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  • Fester - Thursday, June 23, 2005 - link

    Being in the corporate environment of Wall Street that has been heavily in bed with Sun, I have been trying to get my corporate IT to shift focus from Sun Sparc Servers to Sun AMD Operton Servers. I am getting alot of resistance from the Sun Sas because tests that we have done that have been Solaris vs Dell Linux boxes haven't been Apples to Apples. Sun itself won't do direct comparisons between their Sparc and x86 platform. I would love to see an article aimed at Sun Sparc Solaris vs Sun Operton Solaris vs Sun Operton Linux vs Dell Intel Linux that focuses on business type applications (databases, web serving, mathmatical libraries, etc). Reply
  • Anonymous - Thursday, June 23, 2005 - link

    I'm planning on building a new workstation PC, primarily for use with solidworks. I'd love to see some wide comparisons using the workstation benches of single and Dual core Athlon and Pentium systems head-to-head, as well as some video card comparos using workstation class and consumer class cards, to find out where the hard earned dollars are best spent. Ram configurations could also be useful (512 vs 1GB vs 2GB), to see where optimal conditions are. Reply
  • sm198 - Thursday, June 23, 2005 - link

    #44 & #45 - I would be interested in seeing those benches. Reply
  • Paul - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - link


    How about some 64 bit benchmarks using the Microsoft beta's. Is that not allowed? It seems like we have seen very little (other than your excellent recent server article) that compares 64 bit performance. And what little there is only looks at Linux. Microsoft made some vague claims on a webcast (64 bit way faster), but I'd love to see some Visual studio 64 bit compiler or SQL Server benches, AMD vs. Intel.
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  • illissius - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - link

    Though I probably couldn't recognize ActiveX if I saw it, the comments work perfectly fine for me with Opera, on Linux. All it seems to be using is javascript. (Which I likewise would like to see done without, so I can middle click it to open in a background tab, which is unpossible with javascript.) Reply
  • asli - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - link

    Anand, how about a benchmark of a dual-P-M server compared to a dual Opteron and a dual Xeon server? A P-M provides very interesting alternatives in the SFF/low noise desktop space, but how about blade servers or even regular servers? If it is technically possible to get benchmarks for a dual P-M, wouldn't it also be similar to the upcoming dual-core P-Ms?

    Alternately, how about a fanless P-M desktop? It would be interesting to know if it would stand up to the rigors of heavy workloads.
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  • Locut0s - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - link

    I second the Quicktime 7 suggestion of Eric Florenzano. Actually what I think Eric means, and what I mean, is that it would be great to see a review that uses an H.264 video clip as a stress test. Although quicktime 7 is the big name I'm not sure if it's the best for benchmarking. Reply
  • General Smirnov - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - link

    I would like to see some comparison of the heat output and noise of these new cards. CPU's have had issues with too much heat and power consumption, about time it hit graphics cards in a big way? Reply
  • Anonymous - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - link

    i agree on the activeX thing if that's what is preventing this from working in firefox Reply
  • Akshay Dodeja - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - link

    I would deifnately like to see more of MPEG 4 Benchmarks. HD compressions is catching up. Especially in the area of H264 compression. Reply

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