Recommended SMP Hardware

pete wright nomadlogic at
Thu Apr 5 18:50:53 UTC 2007

On 4/5/07, Don O'Neil <lists at> wrote:
> I'm getting ready to obsolete one of my old dual P2-800 servers and wanted
> to get some suggestions from you all... I'm going to be building a new
> server to replace it and need more power, but not a TON more power...
> Something along the lines of dual 2.5 GHz processors with 4 GB RAM should be
> more than enough.
> Any one have some suggestions for lower priced dual processor motherboards
> and CPU combos? Athlon, Xeon, P4, whatever, doesn't really matter. I'd like
> to hear from some of you who are actually using certain combos in production
> and your experiences (good or bad) with them and FreeBSD 6.2.

I've had good luck with multi core processors esp. the Intel 5130's.
They are a x86_64 capable CPU that will give you a SMP system in one
socket.  This should make the machine draw less power, require less
cooling, and hopefully the motherboard will be less expensive than a
multi-socket board.  Not sure where you are located - but I saw an add
for a Southern Californian Fry's that had the an "Intel Core2Duo"
motherboard/cpu combo for pretty cheap (~$190US).  I assume you can
find similar deals on the 'net as well.

Hope this helps!


Pete Wright
NYC's *BSD User Group

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