Choosing the correct CPU for a replacement exchange server

Posted on 2011-04-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
As a rule we change our servers every 3 years. Our exchange server is 3 years old and is due to be replaced this year. It is a Poweredge 2900 and has 2 E5410 2.33 GHz cpu's.

The server runs exchange 2003 and windows server 2003. It supports about 80 exchange users.

The replacement server i am looking at is a Dell T610 with 2 x E5603 CPU's running at 1.60GHz. It will still run server 2003 and exchange 2003 with the same number of users.

Although the clock speed of the E5603's are lower, i assume that there have been developments in the last 3 years that mean that they will still offer better performance than the E5410. Can anybody let me know whether that is the case? If not then can anyone recommend a better CPU to go for?
Question by:metamatic
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    Now to answer your question you'd need someone who'd have used the same servers as you do... That's not easy. I'd suggest you to have a look at the perf tests (& configs) on :

    You might find a configuration that is close to yours...

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