What do you do when you get your hands on a Sun Fire x4600 powered with eight dual core AMD Opteron 8220SE chips? Benchmark it of course. Joegaz had the opportunity to benchmark his fancy new server, and reached the top spot in no time.
While the single threaded performance isn’t exactly stellar, the 16-way (8x dual core AMD 8220SE processor) platform flexes its muscles in multithreaded applications, like wPrime which makes full use of each available core. For comparisons, the fastest Intel based server on record is an 8-way (2x quad core Intel Xeon 5355 2.66Ghz) Dell Precision 920, which is almost half as slow. This shows the AMD platform scales very well, distributing the workload over 8 sockets perfectly.
AMD might have a hard time in the desktop market right now, it seems like are doing very well in the server market.