The i7 2600 CPU is certainly much faster, but as Jose mentioned, this is only going to matter if CPU is the bottleneck on your machine. Chances are you would get more out of a better disk setup than a better CPU.
Originally Posted by HostAtom
Q9550 are low budget 'servers'
I don't know if I'd classify the Q9550 as necessarily low-budget. It's certainly not a slow CPU by any means, and would work just fine for many performance intensive requirements. As far as whether this can be considered a 'server' - both of these processors are technically intended for desktop usage (though they do fine in the server environment).
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I know there's some difference of opinion about CPUBenchmark.net but I still think there would be a noticeable performance increase over the 9550 if you went with the 2600. As mentioned by Jose though, you should really add some more disks if you can afford it.
I begin to use the Q9550 (8G Ram+750 Sata Disk) from Feb 1st 2011, their monthly price is $199. yearly price is $1499. Now I plan to move to their i7 2600. but they want to charge $199*3, then my left money is $1499-$597=902.
If I want to move 2600, I need to pay $1199-$902=$297 for moving (not including cpanel). then I can use the 2600 from Apr 2011 - the end of Apr 2012.
I only use the Q9550 for 2 months (Feb,Mar). I think it's reasonable to only charge 2 months ($199*2). they charge 3 months and they say it's too late to upgrade because now it's the end of March. I only use 2 months, but they charge 3 months of money. I just can't accept this.
I am doubting whether is worth moving to the 2600. anybody have some suggest?
worth if you're using the server for (example) game server or video/tube. just take a look add graphics specifications. and as JoseQ mentioned, the spec is look like putting Ferrari machine to motorcycle. -- i7 is Ferrari and SATA disk is motorcycle (or bicycle? :p )
Definitely i7, it has a greater clockspeed.
Check up some performance index.
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worth if you're using the server for (example) game server or video/tube. just take a look add graphics specifications.
Can you explain to me how a server with graphics processing power will benefit the serving of video files? Maybe I'm missing something here, but AFAIK the graphics capabilities of the sandybridge will almost never be put to use in a server environment (unless of course video conversion programs like ffmpeg are using these abilities, are they? Last I checked ffmpeg had no support for graphics processors).
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