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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sneader, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. sneader

    sneader Well-Known Member

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    Hi all. I'm in the process of adding a new server and am looking for some advice. The server I am considering has the following specifications:

    • 2U Chassis w 6 Hot-Swap SATA Bays and 350W Hot-swap redundant Power Supply
      \--- (460W Hot-Swap redundant power supply available for an extra charge)
    • 1 x LSI MegaRAID SATA 150-6 6-port 64MB cache raid controller With LSI Battery Back-up Pack
    • 1 x Intel SE7230NH1LX motherboard
    • 1 x Intel Pentium D Dual Core 820 2.8GHz 800MHz 2x1MB Cache
    • 3 drive 250GB SATA RAID with hot spare
      \--- (4 x 250GB SATA HDD Seagate Near-Line Storage Series w/5 yr warranty)
    • 1 extra 250GB SATA for cPanel backups (will also use off-server FTP for backups)
      \--- (1 x 250GB SATA HDD Seagate Near-Line Storage Series w/5 yr warranty)
    • 2GB = 2 x 1GB DDR2 ECC PC2-5400 Motherboard-Validated Memory
    • On board dual Intel Gigabit Networks. 2 x RJ45 connectors for CAT6 TP
    • No OS installed (we will install Fedora Core 4 or CentOS)
    • DVD-ROM

    I've been asking around and am getting some varying advice with regards to the use of a Pentium D Dual Core for the processor. Seems like many (most?) are using Dual Xeon's these days.

    TIA,

    - Scott
     
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    Xeon = server
    Pentium = desktop

    It's a matter of chipsets, motherbaords, RAM, etc too. If you want a (more) reliable server, go with server components. If you want the cheapest "bang for your buck" then you cvan go with the desktop compnents.
     
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    Intel says Pentium D is a Server Processor

    Hi Jonathan. As always, I appreciate your help!

    The reason I even considered the Pentium D is that it was developed and promoted as a server platform. One article of many on the Internet that discusses this is at:

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20050711214023.html

    ARTICLE QUOTE:

    As reported before, Intel on Monday released its first server platform built around dual-core Intel Pentium processors. The new product is primarily aimed at cost-effective and blade servers, but can offer performance close to higher-end 2-way Intel Xeon-based machines.​

    Switching to Dual Xeon is going to add significant cost, but I will probably go that route, due to your concern.

    - Scott
     
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    The Dual core will do fine, but Xeon will do better

    I have deployed numerous servers of varying flavors and from my experience in most cases the processor is not the server bottleneck. Although Dual Xeon is a great way to go, I am not sure that it will be worth the extra cash unless you are sure that the D core will come up short. Having used many D core chips in the last 6 months I have to say that their performance/price is excellent. Just my 2 c.

    The comment above that Xeon = Server and Pentium = Desktop really is not appropriate, it can happen that way, but it is by no means an either/or scenario. I have seen many a Dual Xeon desktop build, and many a D core server build... they all have their place depending on projected bottleneck...

    * another key consideration for using a Dual Core is the reduction in power consumption for equivalent processing power, although this may not be a concern for you, along with lower cost it is one of the key selling points to D core.

    KW
     
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    Oh, I do agree that it's not an either/or situation, which is why I qualified the remark. You'll probably find Intel pushing the D core at the server platform simply because it doesn't yet have a Xeon dual-core chip out to compete with the AMD Opteron dual-core chips. The dual core Xeons are on their way.
     
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