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Thread: Q6600 vs X3350

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    Q6600 vs X3350

    Which one do you suggest?
    - one box E5420 (dual CPUs) with 16GB RAM
    - two boxes Q6600 with 8GB RAM on each

    All others parts are the same. Two boxes Q6600 will cost around $700 more

    edit: bad, I could not edit the subject. I want to compare E5420 with Q6600
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    It depends on the application.
    The Xeon will be faster. But two servers are more redundant.

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    Any difference in the disk setup on these servers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by linktome View Post
    Which one do you suggest?
    - one box E5420 (dual CPUs) with 16GB RAM
    - two boxes Q6600 with 8GB RAM on each

    All others parts are the same. Two boxes Q6600 will cost around $700 more
    First off - what are you using this for? If it's a database, the two servers won't really help your speeds, unless of course your application can do split reads/writes - but even then, it may not be faster depending what your read:write ratio is, and what exactly those operations entail.

    If it's for a website that does not have a database, it really depends on how large the working set is. If it's a static content archive of say, 12GB of heavily accessed content, a single server with 16GB RAM may perform better as everything can get cached in memory - though it would lack redundancy as SvenB pointed out. Now, these boxes are serving content at a rate slower than the disks, the benefits won't be apparent - however, if you're looking to push 400+ megabits per second out of them, it might be quite noticeable (depending on drive configuration).


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    I will install Xen VPS on those machines. The disk array is raid-10 sata with 4 disks.

    Thanks,
    Traditional music traveling

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    Well, if you are going xen route, the xeons will give you a lot more density per $.

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