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Re: PIII 550 or Athlon 950?
At 19:42 2-1-2001 +0800, cypherstar wrote:
>: On Tue, 2 Jan 2001, Derek Sivers wrote:
>: > What would YOU choose?
>: > (if you don't mind taking 1 wee second to reply...)
>: > #1 - A PIII 550 server setup by a pro, for $1400
>: > #2 - An Athlon 950 server, built yourself, with expert installation
>: > #advice,
>: > for $900.
The Athlon is a very impressive CPU. The only downside to it is it's power
usage. But in a server that is not a problem (only for laptop/desktop).
Also think about the motherboards: Athlon motherboards (especially the
later ones) a very fast. I run one with an MSI motherboard, and can only
say that I very much like it !! (if the choice would have been Intel 950
Athl;on 950 I'd still go for the Athlon)
>: If it were me, I'd go for the more expensive, less powerful
>: machine... Nope, thats not sarcasm.
>Also remember that cpu speed is rarely the limiting factor is a
>server setup. Communication channels, cache and memory are often the
>more important issues, as well as chipset quality.
Partially true, depends on what kind of server you are running. And for
$500 less, you can buy a lot of high quality memory ! I would recommend
using ECC memory, a little more expensive, but in a server highly
>Of course, this works both ways. With the spare change from the
>Athlon you may be advised to go scsi raid, or up the ram, but the
>PIII may well have the better chipset and mobo.
No way PIII has better chipsets/mobo ! Check performance
comparisons. 815/820 chipsets perform, especially in a server, way below
the 9old) BX chipset !!
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