Pentium 4 vs Xeon

  ADH 11:11 18 Apr 2005


I have to procure a PC for serious number crunching (4GB RAM for starters, which gives an idea of the sizes of the datasets involved).

I've got two broadly similar quotes, one using a Pentium 4 3GHz processor (800MHz FSB), the other using a 3GHz XeonT.

What might be the advantage of the Xeon? Or the disadvantage?


  pb457 17:57 02 Sep 2005

Advantages Xeons are designed for servers, designed to control other computer, continuosly multitasking, more power, disadvantage £500 price tag

  Stuartli 18:12 02 Sep 2005

But the price tag is pretty much the same in this case.....

  DieSse 21:21 02 Sep 2005

If (and only if)the applications you will be using can benefit from multiprocessing (you'll have to ask the applications specalists if they will) - then a dual core processor will be a better bet - this will give you much more processing power in a single CPU.

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