The application that you intend to run is the application
that should be used for benchmarking. To use a car analogy,
the vehicle with the fastest 0-60 probably isn't the best
choice for ploughing a field. In the same way, the machine
with the best SPEC2000 score isn't necessarily the best
database server (for exmaple).
Even if the point of the exercise is to compare price/performance,
other things need to be taken into consideration, like I/O
performance, ease of adminstration, etc. In other words,
price/performance needs to consider TCO, not just TCA.
Also bear in mind that unless your machine is very busy,
it'll spend most of it's time idly twiddling its thumbs,
no matter what MHz it runs at. While I pause to think of
the next sentence in this posting, this 200 MHz Ultra 1 is
idling just as quickly as a 3 GHz PC would. :-)
Rich Teer, SCNA, SCSA
Rite Online Inc.
Voice: +1 (250) 979-1638