|Performance vs Price
By: Steffen Scheibler, September 18, 2002 Print this article
Performance vs Price -- The never-ending battle, but an amicable truce can usually be found. I believe I have found such a truce in this system. The system has more than adequate performance for even very demanding users, as the low-level benchmark-scores (SiSoft Sandra) will show.
L1 & L2 Cache Benchmark
The systems that bested this dual XP1900+ system in the Sandra benchmarks cost significantly more than this one did -- a dual Xeon 2.4GHz+ system with all the frills will set you back at least €3500, maybe as much as €5000+ if you buy from a large OEM; DELL wanted €4,528 for a pretty much identically performing system. I decided to have a look around, as to what was available for the same price from some OEMs and local dealerships, just to get an idea of what could be had for €1700.
|Compaq||EVO W4000||Pentium4 2.0GHz, 512MB DDR CL2.5 ECC, 40GB 5400rpm, 16x DVD|
|DELL||Dimension 4500||Pentium4 2.4B GHz, 256MD DDR CL2.5 ECC, 80GB 7200rpm, 16x DVD, nVidia GeForce Ti4600, SB Live! Value||1,632.00|
|IPC||Helios High-End||Pentium 4 2.0GHz, 512MB DDR CL2.5, 60GB 7200rpm, GeForce2 MX-200 64MB TV-Out, 16x DVD, 24x/12x/40x CD-RW, SB Live! Value||1,625.00|
|NRE||PowerHouse||AMD XP2200+, 512MB PC333 DDR, GeForce4 Ti4600, SB Live! Player 5.1, 16x DVD, 48x/12x/48x CD-RW, 100GB 7200 w/ 8MB cache, ChiefTec Big-Tower, 350W PSU||1,879.00|
The cheapest dual-CPU system I could find from a large OEM was a DELL Precision 530 with Dual Xeon 1.8GHz, 256MB of RMDRAM, 80GB IDE, DVD & CD-RW, LAN onboard, sound onboard, for €2,956.
This dual XP 1900+ system will out-perform any of the above systems and also costs around the same. Essentially you can buy a dual CPU system for the same price as a OEM system that is identical in every way except the SMP capability –- and two is definitely better than one. To highlight the point, for the extra €270 you would pay for the NRE system, you could change the GeForce4 MX-440 64MB DDR for a GeForce4 Ti4600, which is the only part of the NRE system that will beat the dual XP1900 system.
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