Intel V8 Media Creation Platform - HotHardware
Intel V8 Media Creation Platform

Intel V8 Media Creation Platform

It was at this year's Consumer Electronics Show that we were first exposed to an Intel demo machine dubbed the 'V8'. Intel wouldn't label the machine as a direct response to the QuadFX platform by AMD, but they did want to stress the point that enthusiasts could have a dual-socket, eight-core, Intel powered machine today if they went with a workstation platform. At the heart of the V8 machine were two quad-core Xeon processors, a dual-socket S5000XVN motherboard, and 4GB of RAM. No doubt a powerful system. But there was only so much Intel could convey in a 'quick and dirty' demo. To assess the true power and capabilities of V8, we'd have to gain unfettered access to the machine and put it through its paces on our own terms and with our own suite of benchmarks. And that's exactly what we've done. Click the link below and check it out...

Intel V8 Media Creation Platform
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This is a nice looking package, it's very similar to the dual Xeon X5355 systems I'm currently working with.

For pure SMP number crunching (F@H for example) these are hard to beat. The issue occurs when you need to fetch huge ammounts of data through the memory and back, the FBDDR dimms have very high latency.

Having said that I have yet to put an application (other than a bench mark or F@H) which will run these things at anyway near max.

If you have money to burn then get them, if not, leave it a while. There's always something better round the corner.

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