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Woodcrest or Dempsey ?
Is it worth to get woodcrest instead of dempsey and pay plus $20/month for this ?
Yes, the difference is worth it, assuming you need the processing power. A Woodcrest will wipe the floor with a Dempsey based system., expect at LEAST a 20% performance increase, with double the performance being possible.
Somebody says that xeon 5130 (Woodcrest 2.0GHz) overperform Dempsey (5050) by 51% in DB processing benchmarks - it's obiusly worth extra $20/month
Dell.com claims the 5130 surpasses the 5050 by 51% btw so a very reputable company supports that claim.
My rule of thumb - based on SpecInt scores and my own benchmarks - is that Woodcrest is, clock-for-clock, twice as fast as Dempsey. So a 2GHz Woodcrest will be about 30% faster than a 3GHz Dempsey.