If anyone out there has a really high end CPU and wants to participate in a VERY quick experiment, please drop me a note – rob at pivotstream (dot) com.
Will take you five minutes. And as a bonus, I will explain to you why it is relevant to PowerPivot – advanced glimpse behind the scenes, weeks in advance of the eventual blog post
May even have a gift or two to line up for you as well.
To be clear, a high end processor is one that ranks near the top of these rankings:
I want to conduct this experiment in the next 24-48 hours.
UPDATE: results so far are a bit surprising. One of the top-end procs is one of the worst performers so far. The current champ is a mid-range, affordable proc that was just released in the past two weeks, based on the new “Sandy Bridge” architecture from Intel.
UPDATE #2: More results trickling in, updated the table below (click for larger version). I am going to leave this open for another day or two, so please get in touch if you would like to participate. You will need 64-bit Office 2010 and 64-bit PowerPivot.
UPDATE #3: New results and information as of Tuesday morning, Jan 25.
(Click for larger version)