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Old 11-02-2009, 10:55 PM   #1
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Question Server Processor Vs. Desktop Processor


Hi to all,

I want to build a new system, and I was wondering just what the differences between a sever processor and a desktop processor are.

Would I see gaming performance decrease by using a Quad Server Core or a Quad Desktop Core?

I wanted to build a dual socket server core and have 8 physical cores.

Thoughts?
 
Old 11-03-2009, 05:11 AM   #2
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I'm not all that knowledgable on current hardware, but I would suggest get the processor designed for what you want to do - ie, the high-end desktop processor. Sever processors are often more expensive anyway. The difference is probably more marketing than anything else.
 
Old 11-03-2009, 05:14 AM   #3
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Hye

did you read the exact specs for the different CPU's? Mostly server cpu will have larger caches and more memory controller bandwith. There are dozen of differences, but this will be the 2 main diffs.

Using one or the other depends heavily on the use case. From my point a server cpu will not really speed up gaming for e.g. games will create more GPU than CPU load.
 
Old 11-03-2009, 05:24 AM   #4
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Server CPUs also tend to support ECC (memory single-bit error checking and correction). I am also under impression that power consumption under light load is not considered for high-end desltop processors.
 
Old 11-03-2009, 10:26 AM   #5
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for e.g. games will create more GPU than CPU load.
I've noticed that unfortunately a lot (but not all) of modern game engines always use 100% CPU (or maybe 50/25% if this is a dual/quad-core) regardless of what they're doing, because the game loop handles everything all at once, with no pause for vsync or anything; just full steam ahead.

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Old 11-03-2009, 02:11 PM   #6
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I recommend that for gaming you get a good video card, and if you got the cash, get the best one out there, and if you are rolling in the dough then you can go for SLI. Forget about the processor, get a video card, it does almost all the work.
 
Old 11-03-2009, 07:22 PM   #7
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I recommend that for gaming you get a good video card, and if you got the cash, get the best one out there, and if you are rolling in the dough then you can go for SLI. Forget about the processor, get a video card, it does almost all the work.
this is not exactly true -- if you had the best video card in the world tied to a 386 the game would be rough and slow because the loop would be to slow to update the video card.
 
Old 11-03-2009, 08:37 PM   #8
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this is not exactly true -- if you had the best video card in the world tied to a 386 the game would be rough and slow because the loop would be to slow to update the video card.
True, but I don't recall anyone making a quad-core 386.

Seriously though, it depends a lot on what platform you plan to use. CIP- WinXP and Linux work perfectly with my games on a single-core, 1.8GHz CPU, where Vista or Win7 wouldn't run at all (or just barely).

Cheers
 
Old 11-04-2009, 07:07 AM   #9
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this is not exactly true -- if you had the best video card in the world tied to a 386 the game would be rough and slow because the loop would be to slow to update the video card.
Maybe true, but then, I doubt any mobo would support that.
 
  


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