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

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.
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  1. A i7 920 can run 8 threads using hyperthreading which would probably be a significant advantage.
  2. 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.
  3. i7 for sure man.
  4. 2 databases and 16 servers on the same computer.. ouch

    2x quadcore xeons
  5. 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
  6. Pentium 2 > i7 975...always
  7. one-shot said:
    Pentium 2 > i7 975...always


    Where did you get pentium 2 from, It's Phenom 2.
  8. Well for 16, I say Core i7.

    but if it was less I would say Phenom II for budget.
  9. 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?
  10. Took the picture this mornin, about 10am where i am:
    http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/2505/servere.th.jpg

    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
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. Opteron or Xeon, designed for server use.
  14. digiex said:
    Opteron or Xeon, designed for server use.


    On LGA 1336 the i7 and xeon are identical.
  15. 1366
  16. 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)
  17. Well considering the original server is running a single Q6700, is a 2P server really necessary?
  18. Wait for Magny Cours.


    Can I say that? :D
  19. 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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