Hi I need to verify the possibility of replacing this old server R910 Server with 4 x Intel Xeon 7560 (32 GB RaM) with the new Dell R720 Server with 2 x E5-2690 (96 GB RAM)
I don't how to compare them exactly specially about the CPU,
The R910 has 4 cpu 2.27 GHz and each cpu has 8 cores.
The R720 has 2 cpus 3 Ghz with 10 cores each.
Is being used as Windows server 2008 R2, and it will keep the same.
From my view it is still better to keep the R910 but I am not sure about all the other improvements of the new CPU,
Could someone help? 🙂
That would be a difficult comparison as the servers are not of the same class. Your use of the sever will have a lot to do the performance also, along with the RAID controller type and Memory specs. However, i would lean towards agreeing with you that on a high level of comparison of the the specs you provided, that would I keep the R910. It would not appear to get you much in performance gain as stated above.
Thanks, I understand that RAID level might be a factor to have in mind. But the Raid level is more less the same
Raid 1 for the C: drive and Raid 10 for the Data drives,
My doubt is if I will gain at least some % of CPU performance, or instead I will lose CPU performance.
I'm interested in this at the moment as I have the choice between the two. I want to use either as a VM host and I assume that the more threads, the better? Can I also run Server 2016 on both boxes?
The last version of Windows that the R910 officially supported was Server 2012 R2. While you may still be able to install 2016 on it, I can't promise that. The R720, however, does support server 2016.
Generally speaking, more threads are better for virtualization, because you can get more tasks running concurrently. When making the decision though, it can depend on the workload you'll be putting on it. If you're going to have a lot of VMs, or using multiple VMs with applications that can benefit from multiple threads, than a higher thread and core density will generally be more beneficial. But, if you're going to have a lower number of VMs, or you have applications that run on a single thread, faster threads can be better.
From what I've seen though, more people benefit from more cores.