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Core2 Duo vs Core2 Quad


Renny
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Like a lot of people I cascade my gear through a number of different builds. This means that a lot of my old stuff ends up in the WHS.

While I plan to pick up a bunch of parts for a new purpose built server on my trip to the US later this year, I would appreciate advice as to my current options to reconfigure my WHS 2011 build.

I am currently running a Core2 Duo E8200 with 8gb of DDR 2 ram.

http://ark.intel.com...z-1333-MHz-FSB)

 

I have a Core2 Quad 8200 in my wive's PC which is throwing a lot of different BSOD errors and which I intend to scrap, bar the CPU

http://ark.intel.com...z-1333-MHz-FSB)

 

So my question is, would my WHS 2011 machine benefit from swapping to the Q8200?

Does WHS make use of 4 cores?

 

I note that the Q processor is clocked lower than the Duo and has a higher TDP (95 vs 65 watts) so I would want to see an appreciable performance boost for for the extra power consumption as it runs 24/7 of course.

Also, I dont plan on doing any virtualisation on the WHS so that is not an issue.

 

Appreciate any thoughts

 

Renny

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Unless you do a lot of transcoding, with an app that is multi-core aware, I can't see that a quad-core would be of any benefit. In fact, with the lower clock rate, it might perform a little worse.

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Thanks IKON, I suspected as much. I prefer not to transcode anything, I prefer to get the player at the other end of the stream/playback just work with the native format.

Other opinions anybody?

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I pretty much agree with ikon in that it has allot to do with what you are doing. As the OS will take some advantage of it, you might some I/O gain but nothing measurable unless you run background transcoding apps or multiple other apps. I switched mine to a quad several months ago and truthfully, I only notice a difference when i tax it with streaming, transcoding, and other misc things. If you have it, use it but do not spend money on the upgrade. That is my two cents.

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Thanks Mike. Might use the Q8200 in an untangle/super router build instead just for some fun

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Thanks Mike. Might use the Q8200 in an untangle/super router build instead just for some fun

 

That is allot of power for a super router. Let me know how that works out.

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I just want to give the concept a run. Would never use it full time. Probably cost $100/year to run in power costs

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An HP Microserver makes a great little super router (unTangle)

 

It could certainly have plenty of storage room :D :D

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I was surprised at the amount of disk space used by the install. Not sure I am going to stick with it....might give Astaro a try.

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