Two Recent Laptops Compared

I have two fairly recent-vintage 13” personal laptops that I use primarily for teaching and presentations that I thought would be interesting to compare from some common performance perspectives. The first one, which is slightly over a year old is a Lenovo Yoga 900, which has a 14nm Intel Core i7-6500U Skylake-U processor, 16GB of […]

Intel Xeon E7 Processor Generational Performance Comparison

Intel has a fairly recent document titled Accelerated Operations for Telecom and Financial Services which is also listed under Accelerate OLTP Database Performance with Intel TSX. It describes the “performance” increases seen with the AsiaInfo ADB from moving from 2.8GHz Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 (Ivy Bridge-EX), to 2.5GHz Intel Xeon E7-8890 v3 (Haswell-EX), and finally […]

Some Quick Comparative CrystalDiskMark Results

A few weeks ago, I built a new Intel Skylake desktop system that I am going to start using as my primary workstation in the near future. I have some details about this system as described in Building a Z170 Desktop System with a Core i7-6700K Skylake Processor. By design, this system has several different […]

Samsung 950 PRO M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD

Samsung has announced their new 950 PRO M.2 PCIe NVMe solid state drive, which is potentially great news if you are considering building a new system (or have a new enough system that has M.2 slots that support PCIe 3.0 x4 speeds) According to the press release: The 950 PRO will be available in 512 […]

Beware of the Native Microsoft NVMe Driver!

Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is a specification for accessing solid-state drives (SSDs) attached through the PCI Express (PCIe) bus. It gives lower storage latency and much higher queue depths. Even though this technology is most relevant for server workloads, there are also some affordable new NVMe devices meant for client devices and workloads. A good […]