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April 10, 2005 5:45:52 AM

I am bulding a new server for game hosting, it will be in a data center so bandwidth will not be a issue. I was wondering witch would be better, I am looking at a dual amd 2200 mp or dual xeon 2.2, with 2gb + ram, I am hopin to run 12 to 14 Counter Strike 1.6 servers on it. Any thoughts witch one would perform better? Also do they make a dual AMD xp motherboard? Thanks

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April 10, 2005 7:11:14 AM

MP and XP are the same processor, AMD simply cuts a few bridges to make the XP not capable of dual processor operation.

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April 10, 2005 8:54:51 AM

I'm guessing they will be fairly close, and I'm also guessing either one will have a hard time hosting 12+ servers (depending on how many players), but like I said, I'm only guessing :) 

Considering this question comes up frequently, it would be nice if someone who has experience with game servers wouid post something on the topic, or maybe there is review/articleon the subject out there ?


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April 10, 2005 6:06:33 PM

I am sorry I forgot to say the servers would be 16 slot CS 1.6 servers. I currently have a dual 2.8 with 2bg of ram that can handle 16-18 servers of 16 slots.
April 10, 2005 9:09:27 PM

I've seen both MP and Xeons from that performance range (2.0Ghz to 2.4Ghz) operating. They're already kind of old-gen, but make for good systems nonetheless.

You might, however, be troubled when trying to find a good chipset for the MPs. That was, BTW, the main problem with those: bad feature sets and rather inefficient chipsets plagued the MP systems. They are, however, probably still considerably cheaper than comparable Xeon systems. Xeon systems, BTW, all have HT enabled, which might help a little in server jobs.

So basically, my advice: try getting two comparable offers with the same budget, but keep in mind that Xeon systems from that time will probably be more suitable for your tasks, mainly because of the chipsets and a bit because of HT. Then compare them objectively... If at the same clock, pick Xeon over MP. But...

And I couldn't resist suggesting...

Are you absolutely sure you can't afford a dual opteron system? Even one with, say 240/242/244 Opterons? Keep the prices in mind:

240 (1.4Ghz) - US$123
242 (1.6Ghz) - US$158
<i>Athlon MP 2200+ - US$164 (your choice)</i>
244 (1.8Ghz) - US$203
246 (2.0Ghz) - US$307

Consider that an Athlon MP 2200 will cost you US$164 and will probably get its ass k!cked royally by the dual 242 system. And also, CS servers probably also get a 64-bit enabled bonus. And Opteron chipsets are much better than the old MP crap you'd probably have to swallow...

So my advice to you would be: try and get Opteron if you can. It's the best bang for buck, it's current tech, and it is, without a doubt, the processor that will suit your needs.

I'll check later and post the link for a CS server benchmark. Opteron truly shines in that...
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