I have planned out a very decent buisness plan to start a game server company, but one factor is missing. How do i decide what hardware is the best to get the most performance/profit. I was considering these configurations:
Ditch the extra 2gb's of Ram and SCSI drives and you will be golden
Personally I like the Xeons better. We initially bought several Opterons when they first came out but have since went back to the old trusty Xeons. That of course is my personal opinion.. Results do vary..
Is it just me or is everyone wanting to start a game server company nowadays? I think you've been on these forums long enough to realize that nobody gets a real answer from that question. It all comes down to testing. If you've really put that much effort into planning, then getting down and testing it yourself shouldn't be too much of a hassle. All hardware/software (including OS) configurations are different for everyone so there is no answer. You also didn't state what game so if someone replies with their esimate, then you can just cross them off the list as there is no universal calculation.
Setup public test servers on them, fill them up, then decide. Remember, not ALL your machines will hold the exact same number of slots, it all varies on the games, OS/software/hardware configurations, etc.
Then how come some of the best gsp's use 4 gb's of ram?
I also see that extra 2GB of RAM unnecessary. If you put in 4GB of RAM, that only fuels you to want to cram more game servers on the machine thinking that the extra 2GB is a miracle worker but chances are, you'll probably run out of cpu power before ever needing the extra RAM. 2GB of RAM on a Dual Processing server will be suffice...unless that is a dual processor-dual core processor server, but I have no firsthand knowledge on how they perform, so I cannot comment on that.
Ah, also forgot to mention. Like I stated in other posts, it's never good to base the core of your business off of others, that may just lead into a disaster. Just do us all a favor and test it out yourself, you won't be disappointed. That way, if someone posts this wonderful magical number, and your servers cannot reach that capacity, you won't get upset.
For instance a Dual Xeon 3.2 with 4GB's of ram and 10 game servers stacked on it will run no different then a XP2400 running 1 game server.. There is zero difference. The defining quality between the two is the amount of load you are putting on it.
CyanoX has a good point. The CPU will hit max load long before half of the 4GB's of ram are consumed.. This is why it is a waste of your money.. The trick is learning how to scale for each configuration which involves testing each set up and finding the point it starts to purrrrrr
RAM does not compensate for CPU power. Why do the big boys put 4 GB RAM in? Does it help it run smoother .. sometimes. Does it help on the sales end? Ohhh yeah it does.
If I told you that you had the choice between a P4 3.0 with 4 GB RAM and a Dual Xeon with 1 GB RAM, which would you choose (to buy a game server, not the box). You couldn't choose without playing on them, because there may be 15 servers on the Xeon but 2 on the P4. It's all about balance.
As you say it helps sell servers because the audience has no clue.. They only see big numbers and assume it means something.. In real life nobody uses that much ram for game hosting unless they have an affinity for spending money for no good reason..
Originally posted by X-Gaming As you say it helps sell servers because the audience has no clue.. They only see big numbers and assume it means something.. In real life nobody uses that much ram for game hosting unless they have an affinity for spending money for no good reason..
It's the same reason that some people don't go with a host because they have P4 3.0 servers. They see Dual Xeon and are all over it, because they don't realize how many servers / clients / sites go on each server. More power means a better chance of putting more on, at least that's how I see it.
Originally posted by CyanoX X-Gaming, just saw on your site, you hit the 2 year mark a few days ago. Congrats on the amount of commitment you put towards the business. We actually hit the 1 year mark a few months ago
Thank man! That date also marks the last day I had a good nights sleep