Pentium4 vs Xeon

Cezary Czaplewski czarek at
Thu Oct 16 18:49:27 EDT 2003

On Tue, 14 Oct 2003, Don Holmgren wrote:

> Pricewise (YMMV), cheap desktop P4's can be had very roughly for half
> the price of a comparable dual Xeon.

This is true if you look at pricewatch, but the quotes I received shown
that good P4's is less than half of the price (in my case around 36%) of a
comparable dual Xeon.  I am talking about comparison of the price of Asus
PC-DL Dual Xeon 2.8 GHz 512K 533 FSB with 3 GB DDR333 and two 36GB SATA
10K RPM hardrives against Asus P4P800-VM P4 2.8 GHz 800 FSB with 1.5 GB
DDR 400 and one 36GB SATA 10K RPM hardrive. Xeons machines are not very
popular and it is hard to get a good price for them at your local shop (in
my case Ithaca US, in Poland difference would be even bigger).

I am benchmarking this P4 2.8 GHz against dual Opteron 1400MHz, dual
Itanium2 1400MHz and dual k7mp 2133MHz(MP 2600+). If you are interested 
in some numbers I can send benchmarks of Gaussian 03, Gamess, and our own 
F77 code.


                     Dr. Cezary Czaplewski
Department of Chemistry                  Box 431 Baker Lab of Chemistry
University of Gdansk                     Cornell University
Sobieskiego 18, 80-952 Gdansk, Poland    Ithaca, NY 14853
phone: +48 58 3450-430                   phone: (607) 255-0556
fax: +48 58 341-0357                     fax: (607) 255-4137 
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