I would say yes to the 64 player or 32 player. Since opteron is known for outperforming xeons in the gaming field I would personally go with that, but if it is traffic heavy, I wouldnt run either of them unless you have some serious amounts of bandwidth. Some posts have claimed BF2 64 man pub can take break the limits of 2000gb monthly transfer (not sure if these are correct).
Any GSP's know what the scoop is on the ranked BF servers? I heard you had to be approved by EA for them and pay $?? Odd since nobody even wants to really play on non-ranked servers and the ranked are always full.
BF2 servers are soaking up substantial bandwidth. A few of the DC's I do consulting for have all seen significant traffic increases since the release and after some investigation we traced it back to recently fired up BF2 Servers.
I can see all the posts already on Aug 1st........"My Provider is trying to charge me $600 for Bandwidth overage"
If you plan on running a busy BF2 server, better make sure you have at least 3000GB or more or you'll be headed for negotiations at the end of the month with your provider. It wouldn't surprise me if this has somewhat of a negative effect on the overselling in the industry, as a much larger percentage of servers will be using more of their alottments. Most of the previous popular games maxed the CPU and Processor, but BF2 seems to be killing the pipe as well.
Originally posted by sshepherd Any GSP's know what the scoop is on the ranked BF servers? I heard you had to be approved by EA for them and pay $?? Odd since nobody even wants to really play on non-ranked servers and the ranked are always full.
From what I've been told a GSP has to give 10 FREE servers for EA games to use (64 slots I think) then 1 for every 10 they sell. This obviously puts small GSP's at an insurmountable disadvantage to offer ranked servers.
The biggest problem is trying to actually get a straight answer from them for BF2. Someone knows the scoop but so far I have had 3 people try to get a clear answer and maybe its because they know its extortion but they just wont give a clear answer.