At work, we got new dual-Opteron SunFire v20z’s for the newly-acquired TravelWeb. I got to test one. First thing I decided to do was a client benchmark.

  Desktop: Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz, 512K L2 cache, 512M RAM.   Opteron server: Dual AMD Opteron 248 2.2GHz, 1M L2 cache, 2G RAM.

Dnetc benchmarking only runs on a single processor, but I ended up with the Opteron running twice as fast as my desktop. I’m in love.