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With these two servers, is the 32gb ram server that much better than the 16? Having the same cpu, would the server first bottleneck at the cpu before the extra 16gb ram comes into play? Or am I completely wrong?

Intel® Core™i7-2600 Quadcore w/Hyper-Threading 16 GB DDR3 RAM 2 x 3 TB SATA 6 Gb/s HDD 7200 rpm Software- RAID 1

Intel® Core™i7-2600 Quadcore w/Hyper-Threading 32 GB DDR3 RAM 2 x 3 TB SATA 6 Gb/s HDD 7200 rpm Software- RAID 1

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closed as not a real question by Mark Wagner, Iain Mar 21 '12 at 7:58

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It really depends on what the servers are used for – onik Mar 21 '12 at 7:21
"I like pepperoni pizza. Should I buy a small one or a large one? Would large be better for me?" – Janne Pikkarainen Mar 21 '12 at 7:34
dude, don't be an frakking a hole. It is a legitimate question. – joe Mar 21 '12 at 7:39
It depends entirely on your workload. If you are memory-bound, then adding more memory will make a difference. If you're CPU-bound or IO-bound then it won't really help (unless you can use it to increase the size of your cache). – Mike Scott Mar 21 '12 at 7:42
@joe: It's really not a legitimate question for this site. There is way too little information about the workload for starters. Please take a look at Gorilla V Shark, Lets Go Shopping and the faq for an insight as to why. – Iain Mar 21 '12 at 7:57
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How do you answer this?

Would I put the two into a failover pair? No. What if you were on the 32G server as master and it failed over? Is that the point where you'd want to find out that 16G wasn't enough?

Don't cheat, don't skimp. If it really matters, put the money behind it. If money matters more than uptime, take the 16G out of the first server and sell it off. If you are still up, that 16G didn't matter anyway.

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Thank you for your real answer, and not just pompous jabber to demean the people who don't know as much. – joe Mar 21 '12 at 8:19

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