Originally Posted by SectorNine50
On the multi-core server conversation:
Most large systems are going to virtual machines. You can actually assign cores to certain virtual machines, so the more cores you are able to run, the more dedicated cores those virtual machines will have.
One thing enthusiasts seem to forget in the server world, is that servers are HARDLY ever built for just one program, particularly today. In the past, the number of Terminal Servers we would need here at my work would have been upwards of 10 physical boxes for JUST Terminal Services to distribute the load in a way that the client end is still very snappy. Now, we have 5 servers TOTAL, which includes file servers, domain controllers, sql servers, RDS servers, DHCP and DNS, etc that are all virtualized. There are some-odd 60+ servers running virtually on these 5 boxes. That's about as multi-threaded as it gets.
Just keep that in mind when you try to compare "architectures" in a modern server environment; parallel computing is king.
This is very true.
To be a douche, I'd like to say that this thread seems very biased towards AMD.
I'm confused as to why you compare a Sandy Bridge CPU to a Phenom II X2 for overclocking. The Phenom II might be a good OC'er compared to it's fellow Phenoms and comparable Intel CPU's, but it's performance is weak and it's virtually useless for benching. It'd bottleneck even a midrange card in 3DMark benches. A true overclocker should look for an i7 990X as they'll OC to at least 4.5 GHz with the right cooling and will be sufficient to not bottleneck most GPU's out there. A dual Xeon X5680 setup would be even better for 3DMark though. Overclocked, they'll give 70k+ CPU score in 3DMark Vantage.
Also, Intel CPU's are generally cooler AFAIK.Edited by B!0HaZard - 4/16/11 at 4:39am