[Noisebridge-discuss] Money for new Stallion (Pony) VM server
ben at nerp.net
Fri Nov 4 18:35:00 PDT 2011
Argh, screw this. It's a terrible time to buy a machine.
Intel: Good CPU options, but they're intentionally limiting memory on
single socket to un-buffered dimms. This means 4x4GB dimms = 16GB max per
machine. This is kinda crap, but possibly workable for a VM server.
AMD: Too power hungry on the current 8-core chips (115W TDP)
It's possible something like this would work:
SUPERMICRO MBD-X9SCL+-F - $180
Intel Xeon E3-1230 Sandy Bridge 3.2GHz - $240
2x Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $160
Total - $580
But we'd be maxed out at 16GB of ram for that system.
The AMD option would have room for way more ram (8x 8GB = 64GB)
SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-F-O - $250
AMD Opteron 6128 Magny-Cours 2.0GHz (8 core) - $250
16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered - $230
Total - $730
On Fri, 4 Nov 2011, Brian Morris wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 4:59 PM, Brian Morris <cymraegish at gmail.com> wrote:
> IMHO better to get i7 / Xeon3500 board rather than the i3/ Xeon3400.
> Otherwise you are buying a design that is already nearly two years old, ie 1
> computer generation behind.
> Also it might help some hackers to have pcix16 for OpenCL / CUDA practice (AI
> Thirdly don't you need to add a new harddrive or three for RAID maybe ?
> And what about the powersupply ? Is the current one high efficiency ? Those can
> save 40% in electric costs.
> On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 4:24 PM, Ben Kochie <ben at nerp.net> wrote:
> I've been thinking it would be worth upgrading the machine in the space
> we use to run Pony. Right now it's a crappy dual core AMD machine that's
> about 3 years old.
> Yeah pretty damn sad, for a place that calls itself a hacker space.
> May have been newly manufacture 3 years ago, but its like a five year old design.
> I would like to be able to have more ram for running
> virtual machines for various local services.
> Here's a shopping list I put together:
> Supermicro X8SIL-F Server motherboard - $190
> * http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813182211
> Intel Xeon X3440 2.53GHz - $238
> * http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117225
> 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Registered - $230
> * http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161460
> 1U CPU cooler - $25
> * http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835200064
> Total: $683+tax-n-shipping
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