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Comparing Quad Core 3.00 ghz XEON chip to Six Core 2.2 Ghz XEON chip

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I’m looking at a Server to be the server for Sage's Timberline 14.1.
It is a DELL R320 which has a XEON E5-2430 (6) Core chip and a speed of 2.20 ghz.
The Timberline spec is looking for Quad Core 3ghz chip.
Not sure I’m comparing apples to apples, that is, does the fact that the chip on the DELL is a (6) Core verses a Quad Core make up for the difference in processor speed?
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by:ste5an
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Well, no. Not as long as you have some requirements to fulfill like number of concurrent users, estimated average workload etc.
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by:bborner
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Will only have 5 users.  The server willl have Windows Server 2012 Essentials
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by:ste5an
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Then I would say: go for the cheaper.
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by:it_saige
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Short answer to your question, no.  The fact that one processor has 6 cores and the other has 4 cores does not have anything to do with how fast a core can produce a result from a calculation.  

That being said, in a system where the operating system and the application can utilize multiple; concurrent threads; then the number of cores can supplant the amount of processing power as you have more cores performing multiple simultaneous calculations within the same about of time that it would take one core to perform one calculation (without considering other factors such as L2/L3 cache, amount and speed of memory, speed of the motherboard peripheral buses, speed of the hard drive, etc. etc. etc.).

Ultimately, in a situation like this, it's going to come down to price as ste5an has stated.  If the cost is negligible to get a hexa-core processor then your client will be happier for longer, as opposed to trying to penny pinch now and needing to upgrade in 3 years when the next version of the software rolls out and the requirements change.  If the cost is not negligible, then go with the cheaper of the two.

If you are asking because the hexa-core is the cheaper of the two alternatives, then I would say it is best to ask the software provider to ensure that their software is multi-thread/multi-core capable.  If so, then the hexa-core should more than meet the requirements.

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by:bborner
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It's not a question of cost.   It's more an inability to find among the servers at DELL and HP a 3.00ghz chip.   They all seem to be between 1.9 and 2.5ghz.
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Ah.  Understood.  I would check with the software manufacturer.  Even though they may recommend a Quad core at 3.0Ghz, they, most likely, will say that a Hexacore at a lower clock speed with suffice.

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by:WORKS2011
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I’m looking at a Server to be the server for Sage's Timberline 14.1.
this is plenty of processor for 5 users and what you need.

It is a DELL R320 which has a XEON E5-2430 (6) Core chip and a speed of 2.20 ghz. The Timberline spec is looking for Quad Core 3ghz chip.
Processor is enough.

It's not a question of cost.   It's more an inability to find among the servers at DELL and HP a 3.00ghz chip.   They all seem to be between 1.9 and 2.5ghz.
Having a decent budget is a good thing, not to change this thread sounds like you have the processor covered what about RAID / drive config, etc.
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by:bborner
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I purchased the xeon hexacore at 2.2 ghz and will hope for the best.  The software company (Sage) will not say by policy one way or another if it will work   Will post the outcome.
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Thanks for the update.

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