VMware – Dual core2duo or single core2quad ?

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    Our main OS is windows 2003 64bit with 4gb ram, we wish to run another copy of win 2003 64bit through vmware. Main OS will not be running any cpu consuming applications (except for vmware) , however vmware OS will run all sorts of memory/cpu consuming tasks.

    What will work better, 2x Intel Xeon 5130 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processors or Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 @ 2.66GHz ??

    Cpu benchmark at http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php shows dual xeon at rank #62 while core2quad 9400 is ranked #37

    We’ve never run VMware on a single processor, we currently have 5 servers (2GB ram) with a Dual Intel Xeon 3.20GHz (ranked #80 at cpubenchmark) and they work just fine (vmware setup so it uses only 1 processor).

    What to do ?! I would go for a single cpu core2quad if it can handle the load, as it is 35% cheaper !

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