The Quad Core Xeon X5570 processor is built to handle the ever-changing demands of a virtualized and consolidated computing environment. Each of the cores has L1 and L2 caches. An additional 8MB of L3 cache is available to be shared to bear really heavy loads or large data sets. The 64bit cores are designed to handle all of today’s x86 32bit software with ease and effortlessly migrate to 64bit software.
You also get Intel Virtualization Technology hardware enhancements that support software based virtualization. It works with VMware, Microsoft, Citrix and Parallels and products from an increasing number of software vendors. Virtualization combined with multiple cores gives you maximum power and performance per square foot.
Pros: This handles whatever I throw at it and quickly.
Cons: Cost, I want another...
Other Thoughts: If you don't have the Ram to match don't waste your time. The original machine had a single X5570 with 4GB of pc16000 ddr3. With just the OS (V64), AV and 3 Virtual machines running the machine would crawl. I swapped the ram out to 12GB of PC16000 and it fly's now. The overhead of MS OS requires a minimum of 8GB now, so if your spending the money on this processor don't cheap out on your memory quality or quantity. What's another ~$300 to bump the Memory to something suitable.
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Pricey - but solid
Pros: Hyper-threading, quad-core, 64-bit
Cons: Price - at $1500, it is higher than we wanted to pay. We hope the price comes down before we add a second processor to our current box
Other Thoughts: Our document server (Dell R710) has one of these processors (and room for a second), with 6GB of 1333 DDR3 Ram. We are running MySQL 5.4 in 64-bit mode to take advantage of the memory over 4GB.
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