Linked by David Adams on Wed 4th Aug 2010 18:28 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
Hardware, Embedded Systems Anyone contemplating a new computer purchase (for personal use or business) is confronted with new (and confusing) hardware choices. Intel and AMD have done their best to differentiate the x86 architecture as much as possible while retaining compatibility between the two CPUs, but the differences between the two are growing. One key differentiator is hyperthreading; Intel does it, AMD does not. This article explains what that really means, with particular attention to the way different server OSes take advantage (or don't). Plenty of meaty tech stuff.
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Depends on budget
by Kivada on Thu 5th Aug 2010 02:44 UTC
Kivada
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2010-07-07

If all you want is speed, wallet be damned, then sure go with the top end 6 core i7 or Xeon setup, 24Gb of ram, a GTX480 and a Fusion I/O Octal PCIe SSD. But your box will cost more then most cars and will heat your house as if you have the exhaust pipe from a chevy big block dumping into your room.

But if cost is a factor then DAAMIT is your best bet, an 870 or an 890GX paired with an Athlon II X4 620 or a Phenom II X6 1055T if you need the extra grunt gets you plenty of speed and cores for pretty much any typical day to day usage with room to spare.

On the workstation/server side the same applies, start with something like a Supermicro MBD-H8SGL series as your base and use either a cheap 8 core Opteron 6128 or if you need the cores, the 12 core Opteron 6168. If I remember correctly you can use standard DDR3 with these single socket boards to further increase your cost savings, though I wouldn't not use ECC ram if the machine is running something mission critical for your business, just to be on the cautious side.

Though you with any dual socket G34 board and just get 2x 6128's for a 16 core monster.

As for overclocking, AMD machines OC nicely, but 99% of people don't even care about it, which means likely half of the readership here wont bother with an OC as this isn't a hardware centric site.

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