Performance Results – HP BL660c vs Dell M820

A few days ago I compared the HP ProLiant BL660c blade server with the Dell PowerEdge M820, so today I wanted to point you to some performance data.  Brian Basset, a Performance Engineer within Dell’s Solutions Performance Analysis group, recently ran some SPEC benchmarks on both the HP BL660c and the Dell M820 and the results were interesting.  In summary:

  • SPEC CPU2006 speed single-threaded test: Dell’s M820 scored 16% to 21% higher than HP’s published scores for the BL660c Gen8
  • SPECrate multi-threaded portion of SPEC CPU2006: Results were dead even

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