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    Core2Duo & RAID question

    Hi,

    I got a client that's currently in the process of purchasing two servers to colocate.

    The client has been offered either a E6600, or a E6700, with a difference of $200. The hard part is that we're not able to find any benchmark that shows C2D's in a webhosting enviroment.

    What does everyone think? is it worth it you think?

    Also, the server he's looking to order has 2 drives in it (2 x 400GB), and the first thing that came to mind is "let's raid them". Well, the server doesn't have all that great of a raid cart (simply just onboard raid), so we'd opt for using softraid. We've asked around about this and a few people are saying we'll get better performance keeping the drives apart.

    Can anyone confirm this?

    Again, these servers will be doing webhosting.

    Thanks!

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    The client has been offered either a E6600, or a E6700, with a difference of $200. The hard part is that we're not able to find any benchmark that shows C2D's in a webhosting enviroment.
    I don't know about the difference between the two, but I can tell you that Core 2 Duos make excellent servers. We are seeing better performance on our E6600 than a Dual Opteron 248 - both doing similar jobs with the same OS.

    What does everyone think? is it worth it you think?
    Definitely go for core 2 duos, they are screamers for the money.

    Also, the server he's looking to order has 2 drives in it (2 x 400GB), and the first thing that came to mind is "let's raid them". Well, the server doesn't have all that great of a raid cart (simply just onboard raid), so we'd opt for using softraid. We've asked around about this and a few people are saying we'll get better performance keeping the drives apart.
    You will get marginally better performance by keeping the drives apart, especially noticeable when doing software raid - but we actually run software raid with 2 SATA disks on one of our E6600 boxes and haven't had any problems. If you're going to be doing a lot of disk I/O related tasks then you should go for a nice hardware RAID card but if it's just general web hosting (without much SQL) you won't have any problems.

    HTH,

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    Hey,

    Thanks for the info

    We're going with the C2D's for sure, just deciding between the 6600 and the 6700's

    The difference in price is $200

    Are you running a raid 0, or a raid 1?

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaAnime
    Hey,

    Thanks for the info

    We're going with the C2D's for sure, just deciding between the 6600 and the 6700's

    The difference in price is $200

    Are you running a raid 0, or a raid 1?

    Thanks,

    ~Francisco
    The E6600 seems like the sweet spot for performance to cost ratio.

    Ref: http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Ha...ore2duo_e6700/

    * E6300 at 1.86GHz with 2MB of shared L2 cache - $221
    * E6400 at 2.13GHz with 2MB of shared L2 cache - $266
    * E6600 at 2.40GHz with 4MB of shared L2 cache - $368
    * E6700 at 2.67GHz with 4MB of shared L2 cache - $610
    * X6800 at 2.93GHz with 4MB of shared L2 cache - $1117

    The 4MB shared cache is very nice, and $368 is a steal. I don't think there is that huge of a difference - at least not enough to substantiate $200.

    We are doing software RAID 1 on that box.

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