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Out With the Old?

When it's time for a new server, which upgrade path will you choose?

This story appears in the August 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The 64-bit question is: Should you jump feet-first into servers running Intel's new Itanium 2 6M processor, or ease into the 64-bit computing care of AMD's 32/64-bit Opteron chips? The answer: It depends.

It's just the latest computing conundrum to spin out of the ongoing speed-ahead/easy-does-it debate between Intel and AMD. Every time Intel wants to make a great leap forward in die, bus or memory type, AMD is there to offer a money-saving, legacy-sustaining alternative.

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