Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jan 2006 15:26 UTC
AMD AMD has released its first dual-core Athlon 64 FX processor, the FX-60. The Reg puts it through its paces, and concludes: "AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 is the best consumer processor AMD has ever produced. With effectively a pair of FX-55s sat in the same socket, sharing an efficient memory controller, it's close enough to FX-57 in single-threaded apps that the multi-threaded advantage makes that slender gap moot. Targetted at the well-heeled enthusiast, the new dual-core processor should be a shoo-in for those with FX-57s already, and those with the required readies to drop on the latest and greatest."
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RE: Prices
by gilboa on Tue 10th Jan 2006 17:02 UTC in reply to "Prices"
gilboa
Member since:
2005-07-06

... Because:
A. Newer games (Quake4 (both Linux and Windows), Battlefield 2 (Windows) and others) already added SMP support.
B. If you, like me, rather not stop your daily work just to play Doom3, SMP is the only option. (Hence my dual Opteron machine)

For 200$ you potentially get 80% increase in performance.

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RE[2]: Prices
by gilboa on Tue 10th Jan 2006 17:05 in reply to "RE: Prices"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

sed 's/Battlefield 2/COD2/g'

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RE[2]: Prices
by eMagius on Tue 10th Jan 2006 19:57 in reply to "RE: Prices"
eMagius Member since:
2005-07-06

If you, like me, rather not stop your daily work just to play Doom3, SMP is the only option. (Hence my dual Opteron machine)

I'm not quite certain how one does one's daily work while playing Doom 3. Unless one's work is sitting about waiting.

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RE[3]: Prices
by gilboa on Tue 10th Jan 2006 20:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Prices"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

Here's the difference between UNI and SMP.
I don't need to go take a cup of coffee just because my machine is building.
I don't need to stop burning a DVD, if I want to play Doom3/Quake4.
I don't need to leave my machine alone, just because I'm backing it up.

In short,
I can play Quake4, burn a DVD and download the new kernel source concurrently... without suffering from a massive FPS drop.

Can you?

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RE[3]: Prices
by STTS on Tue 10th Jan 2006 20:32 in reply to "RE[2]: Prices"
STTS Member since:
2005-07-06

transcoding DVD to x264 or snow maybe (~10 hrs on 3GHz)? compiling latest gnome, firefox, ooo ? Why not, or linux scheduler do not so cool as rumored ?

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