No question - the Dual Xeon.
5.9Ghz* to 11.2Ghz
Again, No Question.
Most Dual Xeon's I see use ATA HD's, which are plenty fast for a server. The gig of RAM just tops the server over. We operate Dual Xeon's, and love them to death.
*Assuming the P4 is Hyper-Threading, if not the 2.8Ghz to 11.2Ghz is even more of a no brainer.
Originally posted by ThinkSEO Hi, which server would you get so that's it's stable, reliable and fast:
Dual 2.4Ghz Xeon with 1 GB of Ram;
2.8 Ghz Pentium 4 with 1GB of Ram, RAID.
If I had to choose between the two and I was not able to aid the RAID to the Dual Xeon I would take the 2.8 Pentium set up with RAID. Speed is essential but so is reliability. In the event of an issue occurring, (hardware or otherwise) having a RAID backup can be worth much more than the additional speed provided by the Xeons.
If you are running something like a gameserver that needs the processing power and not the RAID go with the Xeons. If you are going to host business oriented sites where the difference in speed is negligible I would go with the 2.8 Pentium 4 and RAID.
Can you explain your use of the server more? Would you be using SCSI drives in both machines? If you're able to do an on-site backup at the datacenter (so that you'd be able to restore backups quickly in case of a failure), I'd go with the Dual Xeon due to the exta power that it has.