Core I7 vs Xeon Skultrail vs AMD Phenom with Nvidia Tesla C1060

Posted on 2009-02-21
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
I'm doing a proof of concept for parallel processing and HPC to be applied in our server room.

I'm needing to know the fastest system of the following or of another.

1) Foxconn Destroyer 780aAMD Phenom
    a) Processor - 1 X AMD Phenom 9850 2.5 GHz quad-core
    b) NVIDIA - 4 Nvidia Tesla C1060
    c) Memory - 16 GB DDR2 800
    d) Video - Onboard Nvidia GPU

2) Intel SkullTrail D5400XS
    a) Processor - 2 X Intel Xeon QX9775 ( Core2 Extreme ) Socket 771 Quad Core 3.2ghz
    b) NVIDIA - 3 Nvidia Tesla C1060
    c) Memory - 16GB DDR2 800
    d) Video - Quadro FX3700
3) Asus P6T6 WS Revolution
    a) Processor =  1 X Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 Nehalem 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
    b) NVIDIA - 3 Nvidia Tesla C1060
    c) Memory - 12 GB DDR3 1600
    d) Video - Quadro FX3700

    e) Fusion-IO ioDrive 80GB Solid State Storage Device
    f) Fiber card
The Nano card and the fiber network card would be extras I could use on the Asus board though I'm curious how it would rank up without those additions first.

There's a lot of cool stuff to talk about here but I'm mostly curious on the above specs and what would be the fastest to the slowest and why.
Additionally, what gains will the Nehalem EP give me if I wait for it to come out.  Does Ndivia plan on releasing a new Tesla as well.

Thanks in advance
Best Regards,

Question by:vibesmaster
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    It is difficult to judge the effect of the Tesla cards, unless you have benchmarked specific applications while using them.  You also have to have applications that have been built with CUDA in order to access them.

    That being said, the systems can be compared for their cpus only by looking at this chart:  You can see that the dual X9775 tops all of these at 8916, the i7 965 comes in at 6157, and the AMD Phenom 9850 scores 2502.  The only question left is if the additional Tesla C1060 with the Phenom is enough to make up for the difference - I don't know for sure, but I have heard that the Teslas can speed up calculations 10x.  If this is true, then only the number of Teslas matter, and 4 wins over 3.
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    Well out of the 3 groupings there, you only have one designed for server type stuff... The Xeon is DESIGNED for servers, the i7 and the phenom fake it but they are home gamer or home server stuff not real world 24/7/365 type processors.

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