[nycbug-talk] 1U Server Recommendations
alex at pilosoft.com
Tue Jan 11 23:50:05 EST 2005
On Tue, 11 Jan 2005, Charles Sprickman wrote:
> However I'm a bit intrigued by all the new AMD 64-bit stuff. Since the
> next box will be doing a fair amount of Postgres work, that might be
> helpful if only by allowing more RAM. Also looking at the prices on
> Xeon chips, AMD looks like a steal.
Keep in mind that on 64-bit architecture, you will need about twice as
much RAM to get similar performance as on 32-bit architecture. If your app
requires 2G to get decent performance on i386, you'll need 4G on x86_64.
Prices on Xeon and AMD Opteron 2xx are very close. Motherboards are too.
If you are looking for AMD just for the purposes of 64-bit-ness, consider
latest Intel Xeon's ("nocona") chips, which are also x86_64. (I.E.
whatever runs on AMD opteron x86_64 platform runs on nocona just as well).
> Supermicro doesn't offer any AMD stuff, so I'm looking for some general
> recommendations. We don't want any homemade beige-box stuff nor do we
> want to pay a premium for someone else to put together some "it may work
> with FreeBSD" beige-box stuff. :)
> Suggestions? Our budget is OK, but not huge. We're frugal but not
Get Dell SC1425 (nocona, dual xeon). They aren't expensive at all, if you
buy minimum config and add memory and second CPU from newegg.
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