Originally Posted by the_beast
I have to ask - why on earth are you 'upgrading' the P3 machine? It really makes no sense - you would be better placed spending the money on something newer in the first place. As a rough guide, a few months ago I bought a fully working 1u PowerEdge 750, with 1GB RAM, dual 160GB SATA drives, a 6-port hardware RAID card, dual Intel NICs and a 2.8GHz P4 with HT for the princely sum of $26. Although a little noisier, it completely destroys my Supermicro dual 1GHz P3 server in terms of CPU speed (and network transfers, since the P3 only has onboard fast ethernet not gigabit). Although it has 1 fewer core, the fact it has double the clock speed and HT more than makes up for it.
On a similar note, you will likely struggle to upgrade in the method you mention - a 433MHz Celeron will be Mendocino (sp?) based, with a 66MHz FSB. Your 1.26GHz P3 will have a Tualatin core - with a 133MHz FSB. The chances of a board sold with a 66MHz bus being able to support a cpu that much newer is slim...
O_o Okay, we have 3 Application servers. 1 has 2 P3 that has only 1 P3 + a dummy in it, 1 has a P4 and one has a celly in it. What we plan on doing is upgrading the 2 socket P3 machine and putting the old P3 chip that is in it into the celly machine. Also, since both the P3 and celly socket machines are S370 they should work just fine... I think.
Besides, the new "upgrade" for the 2 socket P3 machine are 2 1.4Ghz P3s. And since it will be running Win server 2003, the P4 will have Win Server 2008, and the celly machine (even if the new donated P3 from the other machine does not work) will have Redhat on it. All bases are covered if things do not work.
We plan on upgrading whatever would be the most bang for the buck. Besides, before we do any upgrades, we are doing our homework on each application server. 2 of them we have PDFs on them (complete manuals) and the new one we are working on finding one for it. If the Celly cannot be upgraded, then we will just put a second P3 1.26Ghz into the other machine.
Meh. I know I am not making sense but trust me, we got all bases covered.