Intel’s Mighty Dual Xeon Beast – V8 Platform Preview

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POV-Ray Real-Time Raytracing

The morning the Intel QX6700 article was to be posted Legit Reviews was e-mailed by one of the developers over at POV-Ray to see if LR could include real-time raytracing in our performance analysis of Kentsfield.  After spending a bit of time to get the beta software to work correctly LR has some of the only real-time raytracing numbers available for Conroe and Kentsfield. 

E-Mail From POV-Ray — I thought I might ping you about an experimental feature we’ve added to the POV-Ray SMP beta: real-time raytracing. It’s mostly useful to folks who have multi-core systems and in fact is something that I’ve wanted to do for years but the hardware just wasn’t there (at least not in the consumer price range). It works best on a kentsfield or later, but a core 2 duo should be sufficient if you don’t mind sub-10fps frame rates.

If you want to try it out it please feel free to grab it from:  http://www.povray.org/beta/rtr/

POV-Ray real-time raytracing Results

This experimental software by POV-Ray was a welcomed addition to our testing and was able to spread the work load across all eight cores on our V8 test system as seen above. The number that is used to gauge performance is shown in the status bar at the bottom of the main window as seen in the above image of with Intel V8 test system with two Xeon X5365 processors taking care of the rendering.

POV Ray RTR Benchmark Chart

Here, we found that the Intel V8 test system performed far better than any other recent processor or pair of processors. Even with our Intel QX6700 overclocked from 2.66GHz to 3.73GHz (the highest we can reach with 100% stability) it doesn’t come close to the pair of quad-core Xeon X5365 processors.

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