AMD vs Intel ...
cswiger at mac.com
Mon Feb 9 10:53:40 PST 2004
On Feb 9, 2004, at 1:20 PM, Marc G. Fournier wrote:
> On Mon, 9 Feb 2004, Charles Swiger wrote:
>> I know you're not a troll, Marc, but this question is much like asking
>> whether emacs or vi makes a better editor. :-)
> Actually, I wasn't asking which one was better though :) I'm only
> as to how I can compare the two ... its kinda like Sun vs Intel ... I
> that the Sun should usually outperform Intel on fp, but Intel tends to
> a pretty good job against Sun on int operations ...
I'd tend to agree, and Kenneth also, it seems-- the raw FP performance
of the P4s is kinda pokey compared to their int performance. But
whether that matters depends on what tasks you're doing.
>> ...although the spec2000fp numbers are 641 vs. 726, so the Xeon does
>> better at floating point. For that particular test, anyway. Do you
>> require SMP capabilities? What are you trying to do with this
> Server environment, Dual Processor ... web/mail/ftp generally ... all
> current servers are Intel based, but looking at the costs, the AMD are
> much cheaper, just figured for next one I'd check out what AMD had to
> offer as comparable ...
> Just trying to do some comparison shopping ... :)
OK. The price difference for AMD vs. Intel is pretty significant, but
be aware that you'll also pay a significant premium for dual-proc
hardware versus single-proc machines: compare an AMD 2400MP versus the
2400XP price, or the 2.4GHz Xeon P4 vs. a Northwood P4, and then factor
in the additional costs for a MP-capable motherboard.
Are your machines especially busy, ie CPU-bound? Two 2.4GHz processors
is a lot of computing horsepower, although dynamic web content
generation or virus scanning can be resource intensive if there's
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