dedicated server is a single computer in a network reserved for serving the needs of the network. For example, some networks require that one computer be set aside to manage communications between all the other computers. In the Web hosting business, a dedicated server is typically a rented service.

Choosing an efficient, fast and reliable dedicated server can be a bit tricky. There are multiple offerings which can be a bit confusing. Multiple companies are offering different kind of processors with different product lines. The processors have multiple cores and numerous features with multiple chip generations and clock speeds.

The best feature to keep your eye on is the RAM, always go for the dedicated server with the highest RAM. After the RAM is chosen, now you only have to compare the processors. RAM is more important when you have a data driven webs and apps.

To choose the best processor for your dedicated server, following is the list of Intel processors starting with the strongest in popular opinion.

  1. Itanium
  2. Xeon
  3. Core2 Extreme
  4. Core2 Quad
  5. Core2 Duo
  6. Pentium Extreme
  7. Pentium Dual-Core
  8. Pentium D
  9. Pentium 4 HT Extreme
  10. Pentium 4 HT
  11. Celeron Dual-Core
  12. Celeron D
  13. Celeron

Another list of AMD processors from strongest to weakest in popular opinion.

  1. Opteron Quad Core
  2. Opteron Dual Core
  3. Phenom
  4. Athlon X2 Dual Core
  5. Athlon 64
  6. Sempron

There is another technicality here, sometimes the lower ranked processors also have higher clock rates (GHz) which can be more efficient than the higher ranked processors which are running on lower rate. The multiple core processors always beat the single core processors when it comes to speed.

When it comes to Intel vs AMD, you can only choose by comparing the cores.

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There are other details to keep in mind too, but those details can be discussed in some other time.