For those not following in the forums we are currently testing an 8 core Intel Avoton C2750 system. The SoC is central to a Supermicro A1SAi-2750F platform that integrates the SoC, 4x 1 gigabit Ethernet ports, IPMI 2.0 with a dedicated LAN port and many other features (full review to follow). Since we have been getting questions on the forums and directly on this platform over the past week, we decided to start posting benchmarks earlier than normal… and as they are in-progress!
Now Benchmarking Avoton
Today we completed initial testing with the Windows 7 platform and 2x 1333MHz DDR3 1.5v Hynix SODIMMs. The Intel C2750 is able to utilize 1600MHz DDR3 at 1600MHz so this is certainly not a maximum configuration. The positive side is that this did provide perhaps the easiest install method and we were able to test early. We used some of the tests in our older Windows 7 benchmark suite. Here is a decent point of reference for archived results.
Just recently we received 4x 8GB 1.35v SODIMMs from Kingston and are running our Linux Benchmark suite against the second Supermicro A1SAi-2750F right now. Performance is certainly a mixed bag but a VAST improvement over Centerton. Whereas our Intel Atom S1260 benchmarks showed a low power SoC-like design, that could compete with low end cloud instances, the Intel C2750 is a completely different performance class.
What we have seen is a higher power envelope moving from the Intel Atom S1260 to the Intel C2750. On the other hand we are now able to use four times the memory, have an integrated 4x 1 gigabit Ethernet solution. Along with that, this is a revolutionary performance boost rather than an evolutionary performance boost as we have seen with the previous Atom generations and we see on the Intel Xeon E3 side. Here is a quick sample using our c-ray benchmark results:
- Using our simple scene we saw an Atom S1260 render time on the S1260 of 86 seconds and the complex scene took 1297 seconds
- In contrast, the Avoton based C2750 simple render time was 5 seconds and the complex scene took 86 seconds
The command we use (in the event that you wanted to replicate in Ubuntu) is:
wget http://www.futuretech.blinkenlights.nl/depot/c-ray-1.1.tar.gz && tar -zxvf c-ray-1.1.tar.gz && cd c-ray-1.1 && make && cat scene | ./c-ray-mt -t 32 -s 7500×3500 > foo.ppm | tee c-ray1.txt && cat sphfract | ./c-ray-mt -t 32 -s 1920×1200 -r 8 > foo.ppm | tee c-ray2.txt && cd ..
Certainly these are sample benchmarks but Intel may have underestimated their 8x performance increase claims with the new Avoton architecture.
For those that want to see a bit more about the SoC features, here is the HWiNFO64 buses output from the Supermicro test platform:
Check out the forums for benchmarks as they come in here: Intel Avoton C2750 Benchmarks – Supermicro A1SAi-2750F
A special thanks to Supermicro for providing the Avoton test platforms and Kingston for providing the 1.35v SODIMMs (model number: Kingston KVR16LSE11/8 ) on short notice.
For those seeking Rangeley platform benchmarks we should have them next week.