Intel 'V8' test system unpacked, benchmarked
The folks at The Inquier have just gotten their hands on an Intel "V8" test system and have some specifications, pictures, and benchmarks to show for it. Intel announced the V8 platform back in January as a means to counter AMD's 4x4 dual-processor enthusiast platform. But unlike 4x4, which allows the use of unbuffered memory and dual graphics cards, V8 is more of a rebadged workstation platform.
According to The Inq, a V8 system must have only one PCI Express x16 slot, and the test rig uses expensive FB-DIMM memory. The test mobo is just a basic Intel S5000XVN model with two LGA771 processor sockets, eight FB-DIMM slots, one PCIe x16 slot, two PCIe x4 slots (in x8 physical connectors), and two PCI-X slots. Being an Intel server/workstation motherboard, it doesn't have overclocking options, either. That said, The Inq adds that Intel does mandate that V8 systems have two quad-core Xeon processors clocked at 3GHz or above, which should place V8 above most 2P Xeon-based systems—and, for the most part, AMD's fastest 4x4 configuration—in terms of performance.