wPrime is a benchmarking application designed to use a highly multithreaded approach to calculating the square-roots of large amounts of numbers (up to 32 billion at this stage!). I ran both the Intel Xeon E5520 and X5570 processors on wPrime Benchmark v1.55 to see how each set of processors do on the 32M speed test and the 1024M stability test.
Our quick look at the Intel Xeon 5500 series was a very impressive one. The Intel Xeon X5570 that we looked at today operates at 2.93GHz during normal operation, but when Turbo Boost Technology is enabled the operating frequencies increased up to 3.33GHz. With this much clock frequency and all the performance features that the Intel Xeon 5500 series has to offer you end up with a server processor that blows past the competition without looking back.
When it comes to pricing the Intel Xeon E5520 can be purchased for $394.99 shipped, while the Intel Xeon X5570 can be found for $1448.99 (It has a suggested retail price of $1386). With many IT departments having shrinking budgets this year these will be a tough sell for many companies, but for those with a budget they are able to spend these processors will increase productivity in the server room!
Legit Bottom Line: The Intel Xeon E5520 and X5570 server processors proved to be much faster than Harpertown and will boost productivity for server applications.