Originally posted by: MicroViper
I have looked all over the net and I am really having a difficult time finding good data for high performance gaming servers.
Server workloads are generally more parallel than what you find in a desktop PC, so if you can get a quad core chip, get one(or two). I would say that's more important than the dirty details concerning IPC and all the rest of that stuff. It's important... yeah... but your choice of one quad core CPU over another isn't going to make a night and day difference.
Not being able to find much hard information is usually par for the course on this stuff, and especially now with so much more emphasis being placed on IPC(instructions per clock cycle) rather than raw clock speed. About the best a person can hope to do is read as much as they can about the underlying architecture of the chip, and then try to muddle though which articles are junk and which ones might actually be useful. It used to be you could find actual numbers for the average IPC of a chip. These days AMD and Intel don't make those numbers known as widely if at all, so it's not so easy to sum up the performance of a chip that way as guru attempted to do. I'd be surprised if AMD and Intel ever had chips with exactly the same IPC, and yet what we usually see is one chip being a little faster in one area while the other is a little faster in some other area, and things mostly even everywhere else.
Since you work around IT people you probably know that there's two ways to build a server. The cheap and simple way which gives you something more like a large PC, and the real way which gives you a real server. It sounds like you want a real server, so I don't have to tell you to stay away from wireless.
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