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  1. #1

    Intel XEON 3060 vs Dual Xeon

    I'm trying to decide which to get.

    Intel XEON 3060 146GB SAS 10K RPM 2GB DDR2 2000GB $209.00


    Intel Dual Xeon 2.4 Ghz 2 x 73GB SCSI 2 GB 2000GB $209.00

    I'm leaning toward the 3060. But does anyone have any feedback on this? Any benchmark comparisons?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    North West England
    Personally i'd go with the 3060, bear in mind that its dual core, so the equivalent to a dual cpu setup, plus each of the cores is likely to be quicker than the 2.4 anyway.

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    Jan 2005
    3060 if it's just about CPU, but the second machine has 2 HDDs, I have such machine and if you're planning to have mysql on the same server with apache , it's good to set it up alone on second drive.

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    Jun 2002
    In terms of CPU, the 3060 all the way (it's about twice as fast!)

  5. #5
    #1, dual core xeon (better than single core xeon) and SAS (better than normal scsi)

    • SAS uses Serial transfer protocol to interface multiple devices hence lesser signaling overhead than parallel SCSI, resulting in higher speed.
    • No bus contention as SAS bus is point-to-point while SCSI bus is multidrop. Each device is connected by a dedicated bus to the initiator. Connection through expanders may appear to cause some contention, but this is transparent to the initiator.
    • SAS has no termination issues and does not require terminator packs like parallel SCSI.
    • SAS eliminates skew.
    • SAS supports higher number of devices (> 16384) while Parallel SCSI limits it to 8, 16, or 32.
    • SAS supports higher transfer speed (1.5, 3.0 or 6.0 Gbps). The speed is realized on each initiator-target connection, hence higher throughput whereas in parallel SCSI the speed is shared across the entire multidrop bus.
    • SAS supports SATA devices.
    • SAS uses SCSI commands to interface with SAS End devices.

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