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    PIII 1.0G with 512K VS Xeon 1.7G with 256K

    which one is better? expecially for heavy database load site? suppose both CPUs are dual CPU system and working with SCSI harddisk. I'd appreciate any real experience. Thanks.
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    from what i read before, the xeon 1.7 w/ 256k L2 is a very crappy cpu. benchmarks showed that it was just slightly faster than a similarly configured p3 1.0 w/ 256k L2. however are you sure your p3 1.0 has 512K L2? i think the 512k p3 (Tualatin) started at 1.13ghz. if it's a dual p3 1.13 Tualatin w/ 512k L2 i'd definitely choose it over dual xeon 1.7. fyi a pair of p3 tualatin 1.13 is much more expensive than a pair of xeon 1.7 (which is dirty cheap) on the market.

    if its a dual p3 1.0 w/ 256k L2 then i'd choose dual xeon 1.7.

    if possible try to get dual p3 tualatin or newer 533fsb xeon.
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    sorry, my mistake, PIII 1.0G should be PIII 1.13G, thanks.
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    then definitely go for the p3. one single p3 1.13 tualatin is priced around $120 on ebay while a pair of xeon 1.7 can be bought for sub $100. so you got the idea.

    dual p3 tualatin with scsi is very strong for database processing.
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    Originally posted by surfmanjoe
    sorry, my mistake, PIII 1.0G should be PIII 1.13G, thanks.
    That would be the Tualatin series with 512K cache.
    Very very stable CPU built for a server environment which requires 24/7 operations..

    I would choose that even over a Xeon 2Ghz ...
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    acutally its 256k L2 xeons that ruined intel xeon's long lasting repuatations as high performance enterprise class cpus. xeon used to automatically mean "smp enabled cpus with a lot of cache". then intel chose to downgrade it by taking the second part away, leaving it a pure marketing scheme. if you search over the articles and discussions a few years back on the web, you'll see how this hurt many intel fans.
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