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CPU question, which is better?
Currently I have a machine with A single Xeon 5050 (Dual 3.00ghz) w/ HT.
I will soon be adding a second 5050 making it 4 physical 3ghz cores, and 4 logical (HT). (4X3.00ghz)
Alternatively I can upgrade to an AMD Opteron 280 Machine (2X2.4ghz), but I'm not sure which will perform better.
This machine runs in a windows environment serving primarily game servers.
The Dual Opteron 280 would be faster than the dual 5050. The 5050 is the older core intel cpus. If it was the newer woodcrest (51xx) then it would be a different story.
It would be a single 280, the 280 is dual core. The Xeon 5050 is dual core as well, it would have 4 physical cores respectively versus 2 cores (280).
4x5050 cores will certainly outrun 2x280 cores.
It depends on what your doing, if its PHP then the AMD would be better, but since your doing game servers.. i'd get the Xeon.