[colug-432] processors and cores and GHz

Bill Schwanitz bilsch at bilsch.org
Thu Oct 31 20:37:18 EDT 2013

On Oct 31, 2013, at 8:06 PM, Rick Hornsby <richardjhornsby at gmail.com> wrote:

> Curious if anyone can shed some light on the difference between these configurations, all other things being equal, for a system with Intel Xeon "E5" processors:
> 3.7GHz quad core
> 3.5GHz 6-core
> 3.0GHz 8-core
> 2.7GHz 12-core

It really depends on what kind of applications you are running. Heavily multi-threaded applications will benefit from a larger number of cores but single-threaded applications will suffer in performance as the individual core is less powerful.

>From the list above if you want the best balance, go with the 6-core chip(s). Personally, I’d rather have a lot of ram than a lot of cores. That and better disks - ssd if you can afford it. Though once you go to ssd you won’t ever go back to spindals! 


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