Benchmarks Of The 24-Core ARM Socionext 96Boards Developerbox
Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 29 August 2018. Page 4 of 4. 41 Comments

If you are running a database server. you would be better off on x86_64 or even POWER9. There are no POWER9 hardware in this comparison due to still waiting on the hardware from IBM.

If you are relying upon Python, hopefully you would have many scripts running concurrently to make this 24-core ARM box worthwhile.

The same obviously goes for PHP as well.

For this 24-core ARM developer box costing $1200 USD, going into this we figured it would have much better performance potential. But with the twenty-four cores topping out at 1GHz, this developer box is really only viable for workloads that will constantly be making use of all the CPU cores. An ARM compilation box is the most obvious choice for this Developerbox as with many multi-threaded workloads the lower-end Intel/AMD CPUs with far less cores but higher clock speeds and more mature x86_64 software support yielded significantly better performance at far cheaper prices. The other selling point to this Socionext Developerbox is the fact the SoC operates under load at around 5 Watts. The Phoronix reader providing the remote access to the system reported the load power use sans graphics card was about 14 Watts.

If you want to see how your own Linux system(s) compare side-by-side to the benchmarks found in this article, simply install the Phoronix Test Suite and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1808283-RA-ARMBOARDS64.

Thanks again go out to the Phoronix reader that allowed SSH access to the ARM Developerbox hardware for testing.

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