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  • Xeon X3440 (2.53 GHz) or 2xXeon E5506 (2.13 GHz)?

    Hello everybody!

    Need a quick suggestion about a new server configuration.
    I have a choice of 2 servers with the same configuration but processors:
    - Intel® Xeon Processor X3440 2.53GHz (http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id...ec-codes=SLBLF)
    - 2 x Intel® Xeon® Processor E5506 2.13 GHz (http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id...ec-codes=SLBF8)

    - X3440 has a greater speed (+400MHz), Intel® Turbo Boost Technology (Max Turbo Frequency - 2.93 GHz), Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (8 threads).
    - E5506 has nothing listed above but 2 separate processors with 4 threads each (the same 8 threads at all, istn't it)

    What would be better for my server?
    3 small forums with 100 users online on each forum.
    2 GB RAM, 250 GB SATA HDD (7200 RPM)
    MySQL 5.1.45, PHP 5.3.2, Apache 2.2.15, xCache 1.3.0

    2xE5506 costs 45$ per month more than X3440
    Please give me quick suggestion what do you think? What is better and why?

  • #2
    I'd take the 2x E5506, add (at least) 2 GB memory and change the SATA Hs for SAS - that would be a real server then
    But for only 300 users I think it doesn't matter anyway.

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    • #3
      Andreas, thank you for reply, but why 2x E5506?

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      • #4
        Scalability.
        2 CPUs will almost always outscale a single CPU, even if the latter has a higher clockspeed.

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