Having reflashed the BIOS, we returned NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 graphics card back in its place and installed the operating system, which immediately recognized all four processor cores.
To confirm our success and get some idea of how fast a dual-processor system built with two dual-core CPUs could be, we ran the synthetic SiSoft Sandra 2005 SP2 benchmark. The impressive results didn’t keep us waiting for long:
Judging by the numbers, our workstation boasts enormous potential. We were especially pleased with the memory bandwidth tests. Here you go: this is how NUMA really works. As for the arithmetic benchmarks results, they will surely give AMD fans a few moments of pride and pleasing satisfaction. The algorithms of SiSoft Sandra 2005 benchmarks can be very well paralleled. That is why our system built with dual-core processors can be even faster than the regular quad-CPU platforms, not to mention dual-CPU platforms based on Intel Xeon processors.
Well, this is all great, but I wouldn’t rely on the SiSoft Sandra 2005 SP2 benchmark set as the primary reference point. The real field testing is just about to begin.