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AMD hadn't really developed the ability to outperform intels processors at lower clock speeds in the days of the p3. like I say, dual is cooler, but probalby also more trouble and may or may not actually be faster, a difficult choice.
I say either do some benchmarking or, if that's too much work. flip a coin.
Don't flip a coin, choose Intel. I'm sorry but from my experience, Intel out performs AMD almost all the time when it comes to running servers or desktop applications. To me, AMD is the cheap alternative for your fast game machine.. when your choosing for server and applications, go with Intel every single time.
It might be a little different if the AMD you might consider was an Athlon but the Duron was the Yugo of that class of processors. I'd even pick a single Celeron over the Duron..
My last job, the dual PIII's outperformed and were more stable than the single AMD cpu's we had running as servers..
The needs are for a web server. And since that is the case, I'd almost have to think the dual P3 would be a little bit better choice. The only thing is the dual P3 takes about 5 minutes to get past the POST, while the AMD takes only about 10 seconds. Not really a big issue, but irritating.
Originally posted by Hexadecimal The needs are for a web server. And since that is the case, I'd almost have to think the dual P3 would be a little bit better choice. The only thing is the dual P3 takes about 5 minutes to get past the POST, while the AMD takes only about 10 seconds. Not really a big issue, but irritating.
I would expect a web server doesn't need to be rebooted as often so that would be not as important. The last backup server I dealt with took 5 minutes to boot up.. but consider it was never rebooted, only in rare occasions when it was necessary.