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Question of speed?

I have one computer that is file server, it has dual P3 993 mhz processors and 1.5 GB RAM, and I want to upgrade it with single P4 630 S775 3.0 Ghz and 2GB of DDR2 RAM.

So this file server serves and calculates Visual fox database, some Access database and documents...
Will it be faster with single P4 3.0?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
How do you mean it calculates Visual fox database, some Access database?

If these are just stored on the server there won't be a noticable difference in performance.  File sharing is file sharing and it's not a very CPU intensive task.
It will be faster.  If your applications aren't optimized for multi-processor design you won't be missing out on anything.  The faster process will support hyper-threading and so on.  make sure your disks are newer and faster too.  Try moving to Gigabit lan too :-)

Access database isn't know for being multi-user/threaded so, it probably won't matter much. You ought to upgrade to SQL some time.

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Sure it'll be faster. First of all the P4 is faster than a PIII by architecture, It is most probably an HT processor (Hyperthreading), which emulates a dual Processor, 3 GHz is already faster even if you would add the two old "~1GHz" processors (a dual processor will never benchmark at double the speed of one), and your RAM is faster too, as is the rest of your hardware (FSB etc.).

But as leew has mentioned, you will probably not notice much of a difference on the lan. Where you will notice the difference is with processes running localy. You could do all your calcs via a terminal server session, then the server would do all the processing.

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DariorAuthor Commented:
To leew:
I don't know how to say about Visual fox, but when user requests some data from software that is written in Visual fox (stored on server), server process that requests not client computer, client computer is just like terminal, so this is not just file server as I mentioned it, sorry for confuse.

Are you using SQL server on the server to hold the data which you are accessing via Visual Fox? SQL server of course is a server based database system.
DariorAuthor Commented:
No, Visual fox uses its own database structure, but you told me what I need to know.
I'll accept your first answer. Thanks rindi...
thank you all for helping
thanx, too.

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