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ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Workstation (Intel C602) Motherboard Review - UnixBench 5.1.3 and SPEC CPU2006v1.2

ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS Workstation (Intel C602) Motherboard Review

When it comes to dual-socket 2011 workstation motherboards, ASUS came up with one of the best you can get. They held back nothing on the Z9PE-D8 WS. (TPE:2357)

| Motherboards in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 4, 2014 3:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 99%      Manufacturer: ASUS

UnixBench

 

UnixBench has been around for a long time now and is a good general-purpose benchmark to test on Linux systems.

 

This is a system benchmark that shows the performance of single-threaded and multi-threaded tasks.

 

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This shows the system indexes after a complete UnixBench run. We can get an idea of how much performance gain we get using multi-threaded applications. However, many applications use single threads, so this number is really the base, and a higher clock speed will increase both indexes.

 

In UnixBench, we get lower scores that show this benchmark is not a strong one for the ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS.

 

SPEC CPU2006v1.2

 

SPEC CPU2006v1.2 measures compute intensive performance across the system using realistic benchmarks to rate real performance.

 

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This benchmark has many different commands to use depending on what the user is looking for. For our tests, we used basic commands that run a full test.

 

You can see the SPEC scores after full runs for Integer (int) and Floating Point (fp) tests.

Single-core runs show how fast (speed) a CPU can perform a given task. In the multi-core runs, we set SPEC CPU2006v1.2 to use all threads, and this is a measure of the throughput of the system.

 

The additional cores/threads of this system have a huge impact on performance in these tests and really show the amount of horsepower that a dual-socket system has over a single-socket board.

 

Single-threaded results are still very important, but when you need lots of those to run, moving to a dual-socket setup is the way to go.

 

The CPU2006 test is a long test taking up to two full days to run. We can see that the ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS is able to go toe-to-toe with the server boards listed.

 

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Looking at the results of single-threaded integer runs, we can get an idea of the speed at which the Intel Xeon E5-2670s can crunch through the different integer tests. Not all CPUs are equal here, and ones that have a higher speed will generally perform these tests faster. In this case, this is the stock speed of the Intel Xeon E5-2670s. Naturally, using an overclocked system or CPUs with a higher stock speed will generate higher results.

 

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Now we run the test using all 32 threads of the dual Intel Xeon E5-2670s to measure the throughput of the system. In this test, more cores/threads will have a greater effect on the outcome.

 

We can see a big difference here using the dual-socket setup with a three to four times performance boost being present in many cases.

 

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Just like the integer tests, we now run the floating-point tests in single (speed) mode. The lower clock speed of the Intel Xeon E5-2670s hold this benchmark back also.

 

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Above, we see the results of the multi-threaded floating-point run that uses all 32 threads of the dual Intel Xeon E5-2670s. Like the multi-threaded integer test, more cores/threads will have a greater impact on the test.

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