[Beowulf] AMD 6100 vs Intel 5600

Tiago Marques a28427 at ua.pt
Sat Apr 17 19:33:08 PDT 2010

On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 1:34 PM, Jerker Nyberg <jerker at update.uu.se> wrote:

> On Thu, 1 Apr 2010, Peter Kjellstrom wrote:
>  My experience is that in HPC it always boils down to price/performance and
>> that would in my eyes make apples out of Magnycour and Westmere.
> I just ordered two desktop systems with Intel i7-860 2.8 GHz QC and 16 GB
> RAM for evaluation, to run as computation nodes for our CPU-bound batchlike
> application. I'll figure out the performance/price later but it seems to be
> significantly better than Xeons from the same vendor. It feels like 15 years
> ago all over again. I guess the major drawback is the lack of ECC RAM, so
> maybe they get their second life as ordinary desktops sooner rather than
> later...

Actually, if you look hard enough (
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=X58%20SuperComputer - or better
yet, ASUS P6T6-WS ), and a Xeon i7-860 ( X3460 -
which is priced slightly higher and BOTH support ECC RAM on commodity
grade hardware.

Best regards,

> Regards,
> Jerker Nyberg.
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