Subject: Re: DS5000/240 vs DS5000/125?
To: Paul Mather <>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 08/12/1999 09:03:44
Paul Mather wrote:

> Which would be the better machine to use: a DECstation 5000/240 with
> 24MB RAM or a DECstation 5000/125 with 128MB RAM?  The machine is used
> mostly as a WWW and PPP server, and the WWW server doesn't get a lot of
> traffic.  The machine would almost certainly run headless in its final
> configuration.
> I'm thinking the extra RAM would be handy for a larger buffer cache,
> causing less disc I/O, swapping, etc.  However, the CPU and TC bus is
> slower in the 5000/125.  (And, I can mount the drives internally in the
> 5000/125, reducing its overall footprint.)

I don't think it'll make a huge difference either way.  At the end
of the day, I'd be asking what possible use could you make of the
second machine.  If it's got a hope of being used as a workstation
or a general-purpose box, make that the one with the most memory.