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Posted 17 July 2013 - 04:17 PM
I'm planning on building a work station after New Year (so still 6 months off, busy saving up).
Apart from being good at what I need the processing power for, I was curious if it is completely "useless" for gaming (the apps I run will happily devour each and every core/thread thrown at them).
Current contenders for that build are Asus WS motherboards with intel 602 chipset and two E5 (xeaon) octacore processors.
Anybody got any experience using such machines for non-work related purposes?
Posted 18 July 2013 - 09:53 AM
There is no rule that says it can't have a decent GFX. Processing power doesn't mean that much for gaming performance, so it doesn't matter if games aren't optimised for octo(?) core processors.
Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:19 PM
Gorth, are you talking about a workstation for compiling / code execution? What exactly is your question?
Posted 18 July 2013 - 10:07 PM
Considering some of the fun of the past with things running on wow32 and tweaking of core affinity and what have you, I wondered if somebody had actual experience running legacy software on not just multi-core, but multi-cpu environments, not intel x5? and x7? chipsets but something completely "alien"
Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:30 AM
Does running Mac OSX and netscape count as something totally alien?
Workstations, it's just the same as with a "normal PC".
The only hiccup is if you also pack a workstation GPU, even then everything will most likely work, just not as fast as you'd expect.
My home mac is a bit older 2 CPU Xeon system with the awesome total of 4 cores @ 2,66GHz !!! The speed!
The current systems are pretty darn good with these setups actually.
Most likely the games and such can't even tell the difference between 8-core CPU and 2x4-core system.
Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:36 AM
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:48 AM
Not exactly sure what chips they are actually, I think they're pre i7, basically the system's comparable to a core2quad.
I picked it used, solely because the previous owner had installed a 240GB SSD in addition to 2x 1TB HD drives (were raid-0 but I turned them to raid-1 storage).
A funny side note, the second CPU daughterboard died a little a while back, taking half of the system RAM with it (6 GB remains).
I meant to do a lot more video editing with the setup than I actually did.
Pretty darn big and heavy system for web surfing, and accidentally kicking it causes bleeding wounds because of design. Sharp aluminium corners.
Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:37 PM
I don't know what you want to do, but if you're maxing out the CPU load on this workstation, you're going to need to manage the CPU load before you can do anything else. If you want to play games that are 3D accelerated, the CPU load required for smooth play will depend on how modern the game is and some trial and error with custom CPU load scheduling will be required for smooth gameplay. If you're playing old, non GPU accelerated games, you can probably get by with a few CPU cycles per unit time but still, some trial and error will be required. Keep in mind tho, that if this machine is a dedicate compute / compile / render unit, your prolonged - X% performance hit that frees up resources for playing games will have a real impact on the amount of time it takes jobs to complete.
Now, if you're talking about a MS office workstation interacting with access and opening multiple hundreds of MB excel files, that's a different deal. Play battlefield on that thing if you've got the GPU resources.
What you're talking about sounds less like a workstation, and more like a dedicated render / compute unit. In my experience in academia, such workstations are used exclusively for their task (molecular dynamics simulations on SGI workstations, etc) and very poorly suited to the kind of multitasking that you're asking about.
Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:46 PM
If I could also use it for gaming when not doing that, it would be an added bonus and save some physical room space
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