Dual-core CPU vs. very large cache

Steven Hartland killing at multiplay.co.uk
Wed Apr 26 15:31:37 UTC 2006

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Jakubik" <mikej at rogers.com>

> David Gilbert wrote:
>> This isn't random.  As I understand the issue, the Opteron HT bus
>> handles synchronization much faster.  So for a game --- this doesn't
>> matter ... games don't (usually) need sync.  Databases, however, live
>> on synchonizaton.  If you're a Dell man (and already paying the Dell
>> tax), consider the Sun 1U's.  They offer up to 4 cores in a 1U.

Not sure what your on about regard sync? If your infering that intel
kit works better for DB's for some strange reason then I think you've
been very much missinformed.

> Sure, the HTT bus is wonderful. Intel will raise the FSB to 1067, but i 
> still think we will see significant performance improvements on the new 
> Core architecture. The Conroe CPU throughly trashes an AMD Athlon-X2 at 
> a "higher" frequency. For those interested:
> http://www.anandtech.com/tradeshows/showdoc.aspx?i=2713
> As much as i love AMDs cpus, the availability of good server 
> motherboards and chipsets stinks, hopefully that will change when socket 
> AM2 comes out.

Unfortunately of no use atm as they wont be available for quite
some time.

IIRC AM2 is not a server solution just a client one the new server
socket is significantly different.

We would love to be able to deal with Dell but as they restrict
themselves to the much lower performing Intel chips its not an
option. Anyone who gets trapped into that side of things really
need to consider their position seriously and tell whoever that
Dell simply cannot supply that you need.


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