On Tue, Apr 06, 2004 at 01:47:22AM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Qing Zhao <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > We have got a G5 64-bit processor to replace an old G4 32-bit
> > processor.  Given everything else equal, should we see a big
> > improvement on PG's performance?
> Nope.  Database performance typically depends on disk performance first,
> and RAM size second.  A 64-bit processor might help by allowing you to
> install more RAM, but you didn't say that you had.

Memory bandwidth is a consideration too, so you might see some
performance improvements on a G5. We recently debated between Xeons and
Opterons in a new PGSQL server and a little poking around on the lists
indicated that the Opterons did perform better, presumably due to the
increased memory bandwidth. Incidentally, this is why you need about 2x
the CPUs on Sun hardware vs RS6000 hardware for database stuff (and that
gets expensive if you're paying per CPU!).
Jim C. Nasby, Database Consultant                  [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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