Subject: Re: single or dual CPU
To: None <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 11/16/2004 15:24:04
In message <>, James Gray writes:
>what are the advantages of SMP (i386 2.0_RC4)? i was thinking of upgrading my 
>NetBSD box (a Pentium 200 with 96MB of ram), with a new motherboard, CPU and r
>am (and case of course)... the rest of the components will be replaced later. 
>Anyway, given then options, new AthlonXP 2000+ with 512MB of ram, or a dual P-
>III 1Ghz system, with the same amount of ram, which one would be best?

What are your applications?  A dual-processor machine is a good idea if 
you frequenly run more than one CPU-bound process simultaneously.  If 
that's rare, you'll do better with a single, faster CPU.

		--Steve Bellovin,