[K12OSN] School Server

"Terrell Prudé Jr." microman at cmosnetworks.com
Thu Sep 25 01:12:37 UTC 2008

Timothy Legge wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 7:47 AM, Timothy Legge <timlegge at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Tim
>>> SAS is well supported (shows up as SCSI drives). I recommend changing
>>> from Intel to Opteron as LSTP is very memory intensive and Opteron kicks
>>> the teeth out of Intel for memory intensive operations. That on-chip
>>> memory controller cuts 2 clock cycles out of a fetch process.
>> I considered Opterons but for some reason I could only configure dual
>> cores on dells web site.  I will review that again...
> Actually now that I think of it, I thought that the Intels had gotten
> the edge in the last year or so with the multicore.
> Tim

They have.  Intel is essentially wiping the floor with AMD, in pretty 
much every way except for slightly more power usage with the mobo 
chipset.  For an LTSP server with all-out performance, Intel's the way 
to go.

On the other hand, I'd do every thick client with AMD's tri-core Phenom 
and AMD's integrated ATI graphics chipset, now that the specs for ATI 
graphics are once again open.  Phenom tri-cores are certainly fast 
enough for any school's thick client--yes, including the GIMP/Photoshop 
class.  Graphic chipset performance becomes a lot more important.  
Intel's CPU's may be faster, but AMD/ATI RadeonHD graphics kicks Intel's 
integrated one in the posterior, and for less money.  And the RadeonHD 
3-D drivers are continuing to improve....

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