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AMD FX-8350 4.0Ghz vs Intel Xeon e3-1230 v2(For Server)

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January 30, 2013 10:26:29 AM

I am wondering which of the 2 processors would best fit my needs for a dedicated server that I plan on collocating.

This server's main job will be to run an application that I developed in Microsoft C# that uses multi-threading. There could be anywhere between 50-100 threads running at once in this application, and I'm sure in the majority of the cases would be taking advantage of 100% of the CPU power.

So naturally, I assume that the Intel Xeon e3-1230 would be better suited for this as it is meant to be a server processor, while the AMD FX-8350 is meant to be a desktop processor. However the AMD CPU has 8 cores (doesn't rely on hyper-threading) at a higher frequency of 4.0GHz, diference of 0.7GHz, and more L2 Cache. NOt to mention that the AMD CPU is about $40 cheaper. Though the power consumption for the AMD CPU is higher then the Intel Xeon.

Can anyone offer any insight into this dilemma? I'm including some spec information below:

AMD FX-8350
Frequency: 4.0GHz
Multi-Core: 8 Cores
Hyper-threading: NO
L2 Cache: 4 x 2MB
L3 Cache: 8MB
Power: 125W
Price: $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Xeon e3-1230 v2
Frequency: 3.3GHz
Multi-Core: 4 Cores
Hyper-threading: YES
L2 Cache: 4 x 256KB
L3 Cache: 8MB
Power: 69W
Price: $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks and any help is appreciated!
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January 30, 2013 11:15:17 AM

i would also factor in the cost of the mobo in pricing out these two chips

i did not find any head to head benchmarks but you can compare similar chips

the Xeon seems to offer i7-2600 performance
http://en.expreview.com/2012/04/16/intel-xeon-e3-1230-v...

and the FX either trails or matches the i7-2600 in most performance benchmarks
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/697?vs=287

since this is a server, i would also factor in power efficiency more so then your average PC (as you already stated)
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January 30, 2013 11:34:41 AM

Personally I would say the Xeon, since it's main purpose is being a server chip.

The FX is for retail consumer use, I couldn't really see it being a server CPU.

Xeons are the rulers of server CPUs no doubt about that, so I would be inclined to say Xeon.

But I don't know how that model compares to an FX 8350
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January 30, 2013 11:46:25 AM

if you don't want a Xeon look for Opteron (AMD's server CPU's and currently in use of world's faster super computer)
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January 30, 2013 2:36:03 PM

Thanks for the reply guys. Yea I think I'll be going with the Xeon CPU. Better off having the reliability of a CPU designed for servers.
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January 30, 2013 3:37:03 PM

xeon i allways prefer intel
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