Here are the scores and times I have compiled. If you have more ideas on what I should test, please comment below.
The first benchmark result is from Novabench. With the old Xeon 5150′s I got about a 600. I dont have the save file and forgot to take a screen shot so I do not have an exact number, but I know it was no higher than a 620. With my dual quads, I now have a 768.
The next benchmark I performed was Maxon Cinebench. I do not know what the scores were before, as it was months ago that I had tested with this, but for reference compared to what others had got, here are my results. For my CPU’s I got 4.91pts and for the OpenGL test I got 19.9fps. Im not sure how good these scores are, but, if you look at the screen grabs you can see where I compare, and if you look at the CPU’s Im comparing to, I think my machine is not doing to bad.
I did test renders with Final Cut Pro X and have to say that one of the final projects that I completed about 3 weeks ago had taken almost an hour to render with the Xeon 5150′s, with my new Xeon’s, it rendered in almost 30 minutes. I do not have hard proof for this, but I do notice a huge improvement. Even with just editing video with lots of effects and color corrections, the interface is always smooth. Did I mention I paid $10 for these? Yeah, huge bargain!
After Effects seems to run better as well as so does photoshop. My next upgrade is going to be storage and video cards. If my power supply in this thing will hold up, I plan to go with two Geforce 560 Ti’s or the 660 Ti’s and get 2 SSD drives and 2 4TB hard disk drives. I’ll for sure run another benchmark or two once I get to that point.
Another upgrade I will be doing is rather large and costly, but its not exactly just for this machine. Im planning on getting a fibre channel card, either the 2Gbps card or the 4Gbps card. I would prefer the 4Gbps card, but they are costly. Then I plan to get a few Xserve servers and an Apple Xserve Raid setup. Ill be using this for both storage and also for video content creation. I would like to get up to 10 Xserve servers and use them for Final Cut Pro rendering. I could also set them up for Maya and I think the Adobe suite, and you can bet on me doing a few benchmarks on them once I get there. Hopefully this year if my freelance goes well.
Anyways, thats all I got for this update.