We currently have 6 PCs running Xeon Quad-Core for our Revit department. Now, we need two more PCs for Revit department. I would like to know which of these CPUs I should use i7 six-core or Xeon six-core.
In our side-by-side testing of i7 Extreme and Xeon X5500 series systems on behalf of a long time client we discovered that the Xeon based system was always faster in rendering their currency trading charts (4-9 minutes on C2D E8xxx series with 4GB RAM on start up for baseline, ~2-3 minutes i7 Extreme with 8GB, and ~75-90 seconds with X5580 with 8GB).
The app ran a primary thread as well as three additional secondary threads. So one core was always pinned while the other three moved about in utilization. A Hex-Core would provide room for additional OS threads and the like.
All systems were configured with X25-M SSDs to render the I/O question moot.
Where time is of the essence, meaning work faster = paid more, such as our currency trader we configure systems as follows:
The systems would be configured with a single parition plus the 100MB one that Win7 places at the front.
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