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Featherweight Desktop Server Packs A Heavyweight Punch

The miniaturization of PC components, peripherals and systems is quite obvious with mobile computersthere's no place to hide it. But that's not necessarily so with desktop systems and servers.

Desktop systems and servers often pack more power per cubic inch today than they did just a few years ago. Take for example Hewlett-Packard's new ProLiant ML110 G3 server, an entry-level or SMB server that can be configured with a dual-core processor that supports multithreading and multitasking applications much better than a single-core processor.

Dual-core processors were just introduced last year but are expected to dominate the server market in no time. A dual-core CPU contains two processors in one chip. Each processor has its own path to the front-side bus and permits high-performance parallel computing, which is typically used for high-end clustered systems. A server containing a dual-core processor can simultaneously work on two tasks without having the applications compete for processing power.

The ProLiant ML110 G3 server is ideal for applications such as file and print; Web messaging; small vertical applications or databases; shared Internet access and network infrastructure; as the main server in remote or branch offices; or for general SMB use. Applications that all dual-core systems excel at include CAD, SAS, data mining, animation and 3-D rendering.

Hewlett-Packard has loaded the ProLiant ML110 G3 server with more features than one would expect in an entry-level package. Depending on how much horsepower is needed, the system can be configured with various processors including Celeron, Pentium 4 and dual-core Pentium D models.

The most powerful processor, and also the most expensive, would be a 3GHz dual-core Pentium D with an 800MHz front-side bus, which is what the Test Center engineers' sample unit was fitted with. The least expensive processor, and least powerful, is a 2.53GHz Celeron unit with a 533MHz front-side bus. To help boost performance, the system uses 533MHz DDR II memory in four sockets for a maximum of 8 Gbytes of total memory; the sample unit came with 512 Mbytes of memory.

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