Sandybridge benchmark

loocas | hardware,opinions,technical | Thursday, January 13th, 2011


When I read the news about the new generation of CPUs from Intel, Sandybridge, I was trhilled! And when these bad boys were finally available at the local hardware stores, I immediately bought one. :)

I gave my new Core i7 2600 a quick spin and after initial OS install immediately tested its performance using Frybench.


I didn’t use an actual 1U case as I’m still waiting for it to arrive (it’s getting more and more difficult to get these Chieftec 1U rack cases these days), but I tested it quickly laying on my table. :D

What I found is that the machine is a bit faster than the previous i7 models and produces a bit less heat while being a bit less expensive! It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN to me. ;)


Anways, here’s the results to compare to my other machines:

Core i7-860, 8GB of RAM, 74GB 10K rpm VelociRaptor HDD, 1U Dynatron cooler, 300W powersupply, Windows 7 Professional x64:
Frybench rendertime: 00h:07m:12s
Maximum temperature reached: ~92°C

Core i7-2600 (Sandybridge), 8GB of RAM, 74GB 10K rpm VelociRaptor HDD, 1U Dynatron cooler, 300W powersupply, Windows 7 Professional x64:
Frybench rendertime: 00h:05m:32s
Maximum temperature reached: ~70°C

And just for comparison, my workstation:
Dual Xeon E5520, 24GB of RAM, 50GB RevoDrive SSD for the OS, 512GB Crucial C300 SSDs in RAID-1 for the work files, GeForce GTX580, 1KW powersupply, Windows 7 Professional x64:
Frybench rendertime: 00h:04m:24s
Maximum temperature reached: ~58°C


As you can see from the numbers, the new Sandybridge chips are faster, cooler and cost approximately as much as the older i7 generation. Plus you’re getting an integrated graphics chip (only supported on the H67 chipset), which is great for render nodes.

I’ll be definitely ordering more of these when I have the need for more render power. These machines absolutely make perfect sense for this kind of a job. Unlike the Phenom-IIs…


  1. We’re looking at a similar build for some new server upgrades. It’s heartening to hear that Sandy Bridge is performing so well for you :-).

    Did you consider going the P67 route and doing some OCing? Or was adding a video card prohibitive in the 1U form factor?

    Comment by J.D. — January 18, 2011 @ 18:36

  2. Well, adding a GPU is almost impossible in a 1U case space, so an integrated GPU is a huge bonus. As for P67, it doesn’t really matter as the chipset only enables what’s already in the CPU, so no matter what chipset you go for, the CPUs will still have integrated GPUs. Also, you can overclock the 2600K models. I didn’t go for the 2600K as I don’t overcloc and also can’t afford the extra heat from overclocking in the rack config.

    Comment by loocas — January 18, 2011 @ 18:48

  3. Great, I’m a Mac Man considering switching to Windows 7 at least for the render farm I would like to build.
    However, I would also be a first time PC builder. May I humbly ask for some help?
    I would like to have one enclosure that have room enough for the later adding several motherboards of the same kind, using one power supply and maybe one cooler.
    Alternatively make stackable equal units with as small footprint as possible.
    Can anybody suggest a list of items needed?

    Comment by Tore GT — January 26, 2011 @ 20:07

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