Solid DDR3 Performance in Record-breaking IBM Testing

Benchmark testing has long been a widely-recognized industry bellwether for performance excellence. With regard to servers, server companies are constantly seeking  to validate the standing of their latest server systems against competitive offerings. Typically, data center managers want the most advanced and most reliable servers available, so benchmark testing is an important tool in validating server performance as was the case with IBM this week. We were pleased to hear that IBM’s new System x®3650 M4 server has performed extremely well, according to newly released test results.   

IBM has published benchmark results  announcing new records for two-processor performance on the TPC-E and the SPECvirt_sc™2010 benchmarks. The first measures the performance and pricing of an OLTP system, while SPECvirt measures virtualization performance of consolidated data center servers. 

These are highly notable achievements for a few reasons, one of which involves Samsung.  First, the x3650 M4’s score for the SPECvirt benchmark is 76.7% higher than the highest-performing competitor’s previous-generation, two processor-based system. And its TPC-E score is faster than all other published TPC-E results for two-processor servers.  The last reason is that Samsung Green Memory figures prominently in each of the IBM benchmark tests. 

“We are proud to say that the System x3650 M4 registered top benchmark scores for virtualization and transaction processing, which are two of the most important benchmark tests.  These results were made possible by leveraging the superb design of the IBM x3650 M4 with the use of first-class components like Samsung’s 30nm 1.35V DDR3,” said Bob Galush, V.P., System x, High Volume Servers and Options at IBM.


IBM used Samsung 32GB LRDIMMs for the testing, the results of which were published March 6.  The Samsung LRDIMMs are comprised of 4Gb 30nm-class DDR3.  They have a power level of 1.35 volts and represent one of our most advanced Green Memory offerings.  We’re particularly glad to see the results of this record-setting IBM server testing since they support what we have been saying all along about our Green Memory.  Samsung Green DDR3 does, indeed, help to make a significant difference in a server’s performance and its total cost of ownership.  I’ve been saying this for years, and I’m again delighted to see our customers recognize these benefits as measured against respected benchmark barometers. 

What do you think of Samsung Green Memory, and have you considered it for your data centers?