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.


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Rob Collie

One of the founding engineers behind Power Pivot during his 14-year career at Microsoft, and creator of the world’s first cloud Power Pivot service, Rob is one of the foremost authorities on self-service business intelligence and next-generation spreadsheet technology. 

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