WINNER: ION SPEEDSERVER SR-71MACH5
ION Computer Systems is dedicated to building the fastest storage systems money can buy. And in large part it has succeeded. Its latest-generation of all-SSD RAID server, the SpeedServer SR-71mach5, routinely delivers data-transfer rates that approach the limits of a 10-Gbps network itself. The SR-71 is still built around a motherboard from Intel, but this time it's from the Wildcat Pass, a series of two-socket mainboards launched last year for Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors. This allows the SR-71 to scale to as many as 18 cores per CPU, up from 12. It also boosts memory speed to 2,133MHz from 1,600MHz and doubles RAM channels to four and capacity to 768 GB in 24 DIMM slots.