[Beowulf] AMD 6100 vs Intel 5600

Bill Broadley bill at cse.ucdavis.edu
Thu Apr 1 13:21:08 EDT 2010


On 04/01/2010 05:34 AM, Jerker Nyberg 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.

At least the premium is smaller these days.  i7-860 has a market price 
of around $280.  The equiv xeon is 2.66 GHz and costs $270 and supports ECC.
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