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In several posts, I have been following the launch of new processor series by both Intel and AMD. While both manufacturers are making bold claims about the capabilities of their processors, third-party performance tests are beginning to come out about who’s got the better deal on a CPU.

I ran across one of these reviews on the internet, and I thought I’d share it on the blog. The article is titled “AMD’s 12-core “Magny-Cours” Opteron 6174 vs. Intel’s 6-core Xeon” and its from anandtech.com. So, what’s the better deal, the new AMD Opterons or the new Intel Xeons? There is no simple answer, but here is a rough breakdown of what the testers at anandtech.com think about which processor would be the better choice for certain server functions.

AMD Opteron 6174:

  • Data mining applications
  • HPC

Intel Xeon 5670:

  • Workstations (unless performing complex rendering)
  • Applications based on transactional databases
  • Virtualized servers (except for those with low VM counts)