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Which is the difference between a server and a desktop CPU ? Why should I buy a Xeon processor for a server why don't use instead a simple Intel quad 4-core CPU for a desktop PC ?

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marked as duplicate by Sathya Aug 26 '13 at 7:50

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Same question as superuser.com/questions/454398/… - see my answer there. –  DarthShader Jul 30 '12 at 1:14

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The Xeon processors are designed to work in multi-processor environments. It is not unusual for a high end server to have two or four processors, each of which may have multiple cores. A desktop processor, in contrast, typically must work alone. If you are in need of a server for the home, there is nothing wrong with using a Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad processor (or their AMD counterparts).

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