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Dear CPU Scorekeeper

I wanted to explain to my boss why we ought to buy a true server-class machine (with a PII-Xeon-450) to use as a platform for NT Server 4.0, rather than continuing to use the Dell Workstation 410 (with a PII-400) we now use. In other words, I need help justifying the extra cost of the Xeon-PII for typical NT server tasks.

I know that the premium Intel charges for the PII-Xeon is supposedly for reliability (more strenuous burn-in and testing??), and that it delivers performance somewhere between the regular PII and a PIII, but what are some other reasons why this is a better choice?

- - Greg, August 1999

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To assist in your purchasing decisions and explanations, check out our new Pentium-III Xeon and (Pentium 4) Xeon product and pricing pages.

In short, the Pentium Xeons are built for reliability, but especially scalability in server situations. If your boss is planning to expand (and whose wouldn't like to?), ease of increasing network & e-commerce bandwidth and processing speed (through the addition of multiple CPUs) should be a major consideration. This is where Xeons shine.

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