Since I have reviewed the Xeon E3-1220, E3-1230 and E3-1280 I have received a lot of questions surrounding the C200 series chipset codenamed Bromolow for the Xeon E3 family which has not yet arrived to market. There is enough information out there to at least make some educated guesses between what information has leaked and what we know about Cougar Point. For the record, the C200 series chipsets are not officially shipping at the time of this writing.
The ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution is the third ASUS P67 motherboard reviewed to date. ASUS has done a great job in rolling out features such as dedicated Intel Ethernet LAN connections, USB 3.0, Marvell SATA III 6.0gbs controllers, and their digital VRM solutions out across their line. The WS line of ASUS boards is well known as being very suitable for multi-GPU and multi- add-in card capable. Often the WS line uses NVIDIA NF200 chips to give the motherboard additional PCIe lanes. The P8P67 WS Revolution is no exception as it offers up to four PCIe x8 electrical (x16 physical) PCIe slots. Overall, the P8P67 WS Revolution is one of the most full featured workstation or prosumer boards out [...]
Today it is time to look at a twelve core, twenty-four thread powerhouse of a system. After looking at the low-cost Westmere-EP based dual Intel Xeon E5606 configuration and finding it to be a power sipping dual-CPU setup, I noted that the E5606 is essentially a six core die with two cores that likely did not pass Intel internal testing and were therefore disabled. Intel also produces another low-power option, this time with the full six cores enabled, with Turbo Boost and Hyper Threading. With a street price close to $1,000, the Xeon L5640 is in a different league compared to the Xeon E5606 (approximately $240 at the time of this writing), but it offers a 60w TDP and many more [...]
The ASRock 350M1 is one of the least expensive AMD Zacate platforms available today. Packing an AMD E-350 APU in its mini-ITX form factor the ASRock for about $110 requires only a power supply, enclosure and RAM to get going. Previously, the Fusion E-350 APU was benchmarked using this platform so this review will be focused primarily on the boards’ features.