Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Jun 2006 16:12 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Morphos In a comment on the Power.org blog, Pieter Van den Abeele wrote that Genesi will be releasing the Open Server Workstation, which will be based on the PowerPC 970 (G5) chip. The system is scheduled for release this month give or take a few weeks, and will cost $1599. Developers can also register for a free workstation.
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RE[3]: g5
by Simba on Sun 4th Jun 2006 05:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: g5"
Simba
Member since:
2005-10-08

Is that just for the board and processors though? Keep in mind that $1599 is most likely for an entire system.

(Also, the PowerPC 970MP is arguably a more capable processor than the Opteron. It supports more RAM, gives you twice as many GPRs, consumes less power, etc.)

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RE[4]: g5
by Dark Leth on Sun 4th Jun 2006 12:41 in reply to "RE[3]: g5"
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2005-07-06

That was for a whole system, minus monitor.

Anyways, I wasn't arguing with the value propisition - the dual G5 is the way to go for me, as I am currently a PPC developer. I just thought that is was factually incorrect to say that there are -no- quad-core x86 boxen.

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RE[4]: g5
by encia on Mon 5th Jun 2006 10:36 in reply to "RE[3]: g5"
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2005-11-16

>the PowerPC 970MP is arguably a more capable >processor than the Opteron

Depends on the application e.g. Cinebench X64 vs Cinebench MacOS X.

>gives you twice as many GPRs

Opteron delivers larger L1 cache.

>consumes less power,

One shouldn’t compare IBM’s "Typical" TDP to AMD’s max power TDP. Also factor in "Opteron HE".

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RE[5]: g5
by Simba on Mon 5th Jun 2006 14:56 in reply to "RE[4]: g5"
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2005-10-08

> Opteron delivers larger L1 cache.

Which is partly to compensate for the fact that the CPU itself doesn 't have enough GPRs.

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RE[5]: g5
by Simba on Mon 5th Jun 2006 15:36 in reply to "RE[4]: g5"
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2005-10-08

Oh yeah. PowerPC 64 bit also supports up to 16 Gb of memory. Opteron only supports 8.

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