System advice requested
oceanare at pacific.net.sg
Fri Feb 13 03:32:05 PST 2004
Willem Jan Withagen wrote:
> Like you suggest:
> I've also got some taxes to burn
It looks like this is the reason for many of the big machines.
> I knew about the SATA stuff from current@, but I would expect that
> carefull choices can prevent some of the major pittfalls.
> I'll have a go at the archive.
If you are already at burning money, take SCSI. Those boards are
available with two SCSI U320 channels. It also gives you a real
speed gain. I have a dual Athlon box. It has had for a while an
additional IDE drive. It is real slow compared to SCSI and give a
pretty high CPU load compared to SCSI.
>>For all of that, dual opteron sounds massively overdone. Unless you can
>>write off the system for tax purposes, or desperately want to play with
>>dually stuff, there's no performance benefit over, say, an athlon XP
>>1600+. Performance in the sense of "snappy desktop use".
A dual machine has even under load an extremely snappy desktop.
The general speed gain is really not worth to mention, but the
responsivnes of an SMP machine is real good.
I use since some years for serious machines Tyan motherboards. But
I have not touched an Opteron board yet.
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