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I7 920 vs. P2 - which is faster in a server environment?

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October 3, 2009 9:09:47 PM

First, hello to everyone that's reading this and can share some light in my little quest. I did some cheking online to see server benchmarks with the 920 and the P2 but came up short so if u guys have some links or know some actual numbers, it will help.

Some friends of mine own a server (running a C2Q6700 with 4GB DDR2 RAM and a 32bit version of windows server 2008 of a brand new velociraptor HDD) which they want to upgrade.

PS: the server hosts 16 different counter strike servers, two forums with different data bases and a file server.
October 3, 2009 11:47:41 PM

A i7 920 can run 8 threads using hyperthreading which would probably be a significant advantage.
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October 4, 2009 12:31:54 AM

djcoolmasterx said:
A i7 920 can run 8 threads using hyperthreading which would probably be a significant advantage.


Core i7. With 8 threads (making a 4 core cpu act almost like 8 cores) There's a lot of multi-tasking power behind it.
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October 4, 2009 1:18:54 AM

i7 for sure man.
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October 4, 2009 1:55:10 AM

2 databases and 16 servers on the same computer.. ouch

2x quadcore xeons
October 4, 2009 2:04:38 AM

1 valve game based server only needs 5~ of cpu useage on a phenom II x945 (my friends) but it also uses up about 116mb ram. If u got core i7, it prob will be 3% when running 100tick 8 slot bhop server
October 4, 2009 2:38:49 AM

Pentium 2 > i7 975...always
October 4, 2009 2:56:35 AM

one-shot said:
Pentium 2 > i7 975...always


Where did you get pentium 2 from, It's Phenom 2.
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October 4, 2009 4:30:07 AM

Well for 16, I say Core i7.

but if it was less I would say Phenom II for budget.
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October 4, 2009 6:17:06 AM

Perhaps you could give us a reference point to work with here, as synthetics do not represent your real-world workloads, as yours is quite mixed. How does the current server handle the load?
October 4, 2009 8:00:00 AM

Took the picture this mornin, about 10am where i am:


On a side noute, the servers are empty now.

PS: That's a great sig randomizer :) ) i guess someone won't be gettin a green card this year
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October 4, 2009 8:08:43 AM

I'd go for an i7 then, as the extra threads should help. You have a fairly even load across all four cores and a sudden spike could cause slowdown for other applications. I would go for a RAM upgrade too, you appear to be running out of that faster than CPU time.

EDIT: I'm not planning a GPU upgrade for some time, as my GTX275 is adequate.
October 4, 2009 8:16:01 AM

Quick follow up question. If the SMT is as efficient in a server environment as it is for transcoding video or for 3ds then is it safe to assume that going for the cheaper platform i7+p55 will bring pretty much the same improvements?
October 4, 2009 8:56:47 AM

Opteron or Xeon, designed for server use.
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October 4, 2009 5:18:31 PM

digiex said:
Opteron or Xeon, designed for server use.


On LGA 1336 the i7 and xeon are identical.
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October 4, 2009 8:35:16 PM

ewood said:
On LGA 1336 the i7 and xeon are identical.


Except the standard i7 doesn't have the required 2nd QPI to talk to another processor (hence no multiple i7 motherboards - annoying)
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October 4, 2009 11:50:46 PM

Well considering the original server is running a single Q6700, is a 2P server really necessary?
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October 5, 2009 12:12:14 AM

Wait for Magny Cours.


Can I say that? :D 
October 5, 2009 12:53:02 AM

SpadeM said:
Quick follow up question. If the SMT is as efficient in a server environment as it is for transcoding video or for 3ds then is it safe to assume that going for the cheaper platform i7+p55 will bring pretty much the same improvements?


If you're not overclocking, you'll get more performance per dollar from i7-860 + P55 than i7-920 + X58.

You should consider 8 GB of RAM and a 64-bit OS also.
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