View Full Version : Xeon or P4 (dual core or otherwise)?

04-08-2006, 12:27 PM
I'm having some speed issues when doing large processes on my PC at work, and was wondering whether a Xeon processor (or two) would serve me better than the latest P4 processor. Would a Xeon always be a better pick than a P4, or is one better for some things and the other better for others?

My current system is a P4 3.0 with HT and 1.5GB of RAM.


04-08-2006, 12:38 PM
I am no Intel man, so don't know much about them, but what I do know is that the Xeons are for servers, the P4s are for desktops etc...

They both use different sockets, so you will need to replace you motherboard, if you do go Xeon, that is if you are not getting a whole new rig...

How do you know if it is hardware, has it slowely gotten slower, or has there been a massive drop in performance overnight? The both of these can be caused by Viruses, Adware, Spyware etc, have you tried scanning for these, it maybe the PC just needs a good clean out rather than some money spent on it...

04-08-2006, 01:03 PM
Thanks for the reply.

We're running high-end processes that max out the CPU (100% on both threads) for anything from 5-10 minutes to one I killed this morning that had been running for over 18 hours. Which is probably why we're thinking about Xeons, being server processors. I have seen desktops for sale in the past with Xeon processors in them. The machines run fine when we don't run these processes, so I am assuming they're pretty clean of nasty stuff.

If we were to get them we'd replace the whole machine, rather than just the CPU. Probably would increase the RAM to 4GB (or more if they can handle more?)

Would Xeon be a better option than a P4?


Murray P
04-08-2006, 01:16 PM
Mike, the P4 is dying if not dead. The Intel Core 2 Duo is the thing to have now. It's supposed to be brilliant on CPU intensive tasks, multi threading, etc.

You'll need to do some research to match it to the right board/chipset.

Otherwise look at a dual core Opteron, but you won't be using all it's capabilities.

Xeons are for high end serving and enterprise apps, apparently not as good as the specialised competition at large scale though. Again, IMO, like the Opteron, it will be a mismatch, but more so, as to where it's strong and what you want it to do.

BTW, if the board for a Core 2 Duo can't take 6-8GB of ram, it's not the best buy.

04-08-2006, 03:32 PM
Again, IMO, like the Opteron, it will be a mismatch, but more so, as to where it's strong and what you want it to do.Hi Murray, can you please explain what you mean by that?

I thought Xeons and Opterons were meant to be good at the CPU intesive stuff? Or are they rather better at multiple not-so-intensive processes rather than single intensive ones?


06-08-2006, 04:03 PM
Also, one of the programs that create these intensive processes does NOT make use of multi processors, if that makes any difference to anything?