Everyone loves benchmarks, so here is your daily dose: NVidia has just released the (pricey) GeForce FX 5900 and pretty much regained the speed crown from ATi (possibly until the upcoming .13 ATi card comes out). Nvidia benchmarks here, here, here, here and here. In the meantime, NWFusion is reviewing the Apple XServe and tested it against a Compaq four-way web server.
BareFeats have some game benchmarks showing the speed difference between the Xeon and P4 against the fastest dual PowerMac today.
Finally, AcesHardware shows some SPEC results of the AMD Opteron CPU. SPEC is the most respectable CPU-only benchmark. The Opteron is almost as fast as the P4 at 3 GHz, but nowhere near the Itanium in floating point. More over, it is very interesting to see (and dissapointing for OSS) that Intel’s compiler at 32bits is faster than the GCC at 64bit and even AMD prefers Intel’s compiler for their tests!