SPECworkstation 3

The best place to start for performance is to confirm that this system does get the best SPECworkstation 3 score ever. For users who have never heard of SPECworkstation, it comes from the same people that have the SPEC benchmark that we often use on new processors. The workstation element comes in because this set of benchmarks are designed to test a number of common workstation workloads, such as 3D rendering and animation, molecular modeling and dynamics, medical, oil and gas, construction and architecture, financial services, general operations, and GPU compute. This benchmark combine 30 workloads and ~140 tests into a single package, and results are given as a multiple of a performance compared to a ‘reference’ machine using an Intel Quad-core Skylake processor running a W3100 AMD GPU. This means that this quad-core Intel system gets a value of ‘1’.

SPECworkstation 3 Test Systems
AnandTech CPU GPU DRAM SSD Price
Fujistu Celsius R970 2 x Xeon 8276 RTX 8000 DDR4-2933 PCIe 3.0 $30000+
Armari Magnetar X64T TR3 3990X RTX 6000 DDR4-3200 PCIe 4.0 ~$14200
TR3 3990X 'Stock' TR3 3990X 2080 super DDR4-3200 SATA -
W-3175X 'Stock' Xeon W-3175X 2080 Ti DDR4-2933 SATA -

The current system at the top of the official SPECworkstation 3 standings is a Fujitsu Celsius R970 workstation (D3488-A2). This is the system that Armari has beaten with the X64T. The Fujitsu uses two Intel Xeon Platinum 8276 processors (28-core each, total 56-corepaired with an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 and 384 GB of DDR4-2933. This system, going on list prices for just these components, already comes to $24538. Add in the rest, and some overhead, and this is easily $30000+. By comparison, Armari’s Magnetar X64T workstation is only ~$14200.

The results are as follows. Here we are comparing the Fujitsu official results to Armari’s official results. We also have included our results with the same system (technically classified as ‘estimated results’ because these haven’t been formally submitted to the results database), and a W-3175X system with an RTX 2080 Ti and PCIe 3.0 SSD.

SPECworkstation 3 Results
AnandTech Fujitsu
Celsius
R970*
Armari
Magnetar
X64T*
Our
X64T
Run
3990X
+ 2080
super
3175X
2080 Ti
Media and Entertainment 4.72 7.04 6.84 4.79 3.69
Product Development 6.07 10.85 9.95 3.51 3.35
Life Sciences 5.89 8.24 8.11 - 3.72
Financial Services 8.78 10.55 10.45 9.15 6.59
Energy 5.44 9.09 8.73 4.20 2.86
General Operations 2.27 2.53 2.45 1.55 1.59
GPU Compute 5.40 5.75 5.70 4.63 5.01
 
Geomean 5.17 7.06 6.84 4.08 3.54

*As submitted to SPEC

Within each of these segments, 7-20 sub-tests are performed covering CPU, GPU, and Storage workloads. Our results were a little lower than Armari's, however that can be down to tuning, ambient temperatures, and repeated runs. Our run was within 3%.

Overall, the Magnetar X64T results beat the old Fujitsu results by 37%:

  • CPU: Armari wins by +46%
  • GPU: Armari wins by +12%
  • Storage: Armari wins by +58%

Now, users might wonder how the Armari wins in the GPU tests, given that it has an RTX 6000 compared to the RTX 8000 in the Fujitsu. This is namely down to processor performance – the Fujitsu system processors have a base frequency of 2200 MHz, compared to the Magnetar X64T which can run all processors at 3925 MHz. Even if the Fujitsu was using the CPU in single core mode, and hitting its max turbo of 4000 MHz, the Armari would be using the better IPC of the Zen 2 core against Intel’s Skylake core.

Now each of the above tests are combined scores from sub-tests.

The Intel-based Fujitsu system does have some specific wins in individual tests, such as Maya Storage (+15%), NAMD Storage (+12%) and 7-zip CPU (+75%), however these mostly apply due to the increased memory capacity of the Intel machine.

The AMD-based Armari system has 40 other wins, including Blender CPU (+62%), handbrake CPU (+86%), CFD CPU (+108%), NAMD CPU (+164%), Seismic Data Processing (+230%), LAAMPS storage (+88%), and Creo GPU (+55%).

Full data for the Armari and the Fujitsu systems can be found at these links:

The Armari Magnetar X64T Workstation Rendering Benchmark Performance
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  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - link

    I was going to say the same thing. It almost seems like the company that named the system doesn't really understand what a magnetar is, but simply used the name because it sounded cool or something along those lines. Reply
  • Spunjji - Friday, September 11, 2020 - link

    Isn't it more likely they know exactly what a magnetar is, and named it that because it's badass? Reply
  • GeoffreyA - Saturday, September 12, 2020 - link

    I think it's a pretty cool name, and worthy of its computing power. Also, thanks for this discussion, everyone. I never did come across magnetars before, as far as I can remember. Anyhow, I can't wait to read more about them. It seems to stir that feeling of awe I first got when hearing of black holes as a child. Let's hope a good director handles it properly when the time comes, and we don't get some ready-made junk churned out from the Hollywood machine. Reply
  • close - Friday, September 11, 2020 - link

    I feel like people don;t understand what a "Corsair" really is. Freebooter just didn't sound as nice. And they could have been scary as hell. AMD's Navi AMD's and the rest of their "star" architectures are, well... stars, a scary celestial object that can burn all of your cells at less than 100,000 miles away. You don't have to struggle to find such examples of things that "are a great mix" with computers. Intel's lakes anyone?

    It's the name of a product which is relatively uniquely identifiable, sounds cool, and perhaps is also intended to suggest "powerful", like a magnetar. Don't overthink it. Or underthink it.
    Reply
  • AlexTopfer - Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - link

    Also amari are a class of bitter Italian liqueurs (singular amaro). So clearly this computer is bitter with a strong enough magnetic field to rip your fillings out Reply
  • TallestGargoyle - Thursday, September 10, 2020 - link

    I mean if you take the name so literally... An Apple a day keeps the doctor away since iPhones are expensive and you won't be affording any doctor. I can't even see a Microsoft it's too small. Those Alienwares are true space age technology gifted by extraterrestrials.

    It's just a name. In this case, I could argue it's a dense celestial object capable of unimaginable force.
    Reply
  • Spunjji - Friday, September 11, 2020 - link

    Thanks for injecting some sense into the weirdest gripe I've seen in a while 😅 Reply
  • LordSojar - Friday, September 11, 2020 - link

    My inner autistic physicist was screaming Spunjji. Couldn't help myself, haha. It's like naming your computer "Blackhole." Ain't nobody got time fo' dat kind of gruesome ending.

    Personally, I just think it might be a bad omen for the system to name it after such a destructive object, LOL.
    Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Saturday, September 12, 2020 - link

    Speaking of bad omens, I tend to name my computers after Decepticons. Reply
  • LordSojar - Sunday, September 13, 2020 - link

    No, that's just cool as hell. Soundwave was an amazing hacker.

    I name all my drives after Roman gods and Titans, and my main rig is Alpha, and my NAS is Omega.
    Reply

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