Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE Benchmarks – A look at Dell DCS Options

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Posted February 25, 2014 by Patrick Kennedy in Servers
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The community recently discovered several outlets selling off-lease Dell DCS chassis. In these Dell DCS C6000 chassis are generally three nodes filled with dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE processors. The AMD Opteron 2419 EE processors are 6 core Istanbul parts built on the 45nm process. They are clocked at 1.8GHz chips with a 60w TDP. Overall the AMD socket 1207 is getting a bit older. The processors sell on ebay for about $10 and complete systems with multiple nodes and RAM can sell for well under $500.

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE Benchmarks

We are in the process of transitioning from our 2013 STHbench benchmark suite to the Linux-Bench suite. As a result, one can see the archived STHbench data set and view different options. The new Linux-Bench data set will include relevant (unchanged) benchmarks for these processors.

Today’s benchmarks are using the old STHbench.sh script that we have used for over a year.

Hardinfo Performance

hardinfo is a well known Linux benchmark that has been around for years. It tests a number of CPU performance aspects. One major advantage is that one can run this out of the box from many Ubuntu installations.

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE hardinfo benchmark

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE hardinfo benchmark

The Hardinfo benchmarks show a very interesting set of results. The general trend is that the Opteron 2419 EE’s can take advantage of multi-threaded workloads. In single threaded benchmarks the low clock speeds to not help the processors’ relative performance.

UnixBench 5.1.3 Performance

UnixBench may be a defacto standard for Linux benchmarking these days. There are two main versions, one that tests single CPU performance on that tests multiple CPU performance. UnixBench segments these results. We run both sets of CPU tests. Here are the single threaded results:

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE UnixBench Single threaded

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE UnixBench Single threaded

In the single threaded benchmarks, the 1.8GHz clock speed is somewhat made up for by the deeper cores.

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE UnixBench Multi threaded

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE UnixBench Multi threaded

The UnixBench multi-threaded results have the dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE between the Opteron 3380 and the Intel Atom 2750.

c-ray 1.1 Performance

c-ray is a very interesting ray tracing benchmark. It provides both consistent results and some clear separation. Ray tracing is generally a great multi-threaded CPU benchmark. We did see over the course of STHbench that dual socket systems were destroying even our “hard” benchmark. The new Linux-Bench will implement a third test to stress larger systems.

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE c-ray benchmark

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE c-ray benchmark

With c-ray being a highly threaded benchmark, we can see performance almost in-line with an AMD Opteron 3380, a single processor platform.

Phoronix Test Suite Performance

We are using four tests from the Phoronix Test Suite: pts/stream, pts/compress-7zip, pts/openssl and pts/pybench.

  • STREAM by John D. McCalpin, Ph.D. is a very well known memory benchmark benchmark.
  • 7-zip compression benchmarks were a mainstay in our Windows suite so we are including it again on the Linux side as a compression benchmark.
  • The pts/openssl benchmark is very dependent on the CPU architecture being used
  • Python is a widely used scripting language and pyBench is a nice single-threaded Python benchmark

Our PTS tests are being removed in Linux-Bench. The OpenSSL, STREAM and 7zip tests will be recreated and expanded in the new benchmark suite.

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE pts stream 7zip openssl pybench

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE pts stream 7zip openssl pybench

The OpenSSL benchmark has some extremely high figures for the AMD Opteron 2419 EE that seem out of line with the other results. The other benchmarks seem more in-line with what we would expect.

Crafty Chess Performance

Crafty is a well known chess benchmark. It is also one where we saw issues last time with the Phoronix Test Suite and running on ARM CPUs. We are planning to retire this benchmark in Linux-Bench. Here are the Crafty Chess results from simply running “crafty bench”:

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE Crafty Bench

Dual AMD Opteron 2419 EE Crafty Bench

The 1.8GHz Opteron 2419 EE is no match for newer faster Intel processors in single threaded applications. It is however competitive with the almost 5 generations old Intel Xeon L5520 processors

Conclusion

Overall, the AMD Opteron 2419 EE is not the fastest processor around and that type of performance for a platform that will use a lot of power is not exactly optimal. Still, there are thousands of these systems floating around extremely inexpensively.


About the Author

Patrick Kennedy

Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

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