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mrfrankmiller
Jun 8, 2007, 05:08 PM
Long time stalker, first time poster.

If you had the choice for a file server, would you choose a dual processor 800 mhz G4 or a single processor 1.33 ghz g4? (No need to worry about large disk support/same amount of RAM) How about just for normal everyday tasks, would the answer change?

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dartzorichalcos
Jun 8, 2007, 05:15 PM
I would have a dual processor G4 than a single processor G4 because I believe having two processors will be faster than having a higher speed single processor G4. Check out WWDC 2003 (http://stream.qtv.apple.com/events/jun/happy_wwdc/wwdc_250_100_56_ref.mov) keynote, Steve talks about single and dual processors G5s and how they compare against competition.

Bobdude161
Jun 8, 2007, 08:56 PM
I would have a dual processor G4 than a single processor G4 because I believe having two processors will be faster than having a higher speed single processor G4. Check out WWDC 2003 (http://stream.qtv.apple.com/events/jun/happy_wwdc/wwdc_250_100_56_ref.mov) keynote, Steve talks about single and dual processors G5s and how they compare against competition.

i must ask. How did you find this keynote on Apple's site?

dartzorichalcos
Jun 9, 2007, 08:58 AM
i must ask. How did you find this keynote on Apple's site?

Apple Keynote Archive (http://guides.macrumors.com/Apple_Keynote_Archive) located in Apple, Industry and Internet Discussion forum.

Dreadnought
Jun 10, 2007, 04:51 AM
Normally I would agree and I would go for the dual. However, the difference in proc speed of the 1.33 is significant. It is much faster then a 800 Mhz. It really depends how much files and how big the files are that you are transferring. Are you continuously transferring files and is the machine crunching whole day, then get the dual. If the machine has much idle time, then I think you could be happier with the single 1.33. Compare the specs of both machines, faster ram and front side bus are also important. Also, does the file server have any apps on it, like a database, (un)compressing data, etc. Then look at your apps if they use two procs and what they are gaining from it.