Good post. Quoted for truth. Also worthy of mention: DDR3 arrives before the end of 2007, so depending on how long you can wait and how often you upgrade it may be worth it... DX-10 should trickle to the mid and low range video cards before the end of the year. AMD's next gen CPU's will arrive before the end of the year. Intel's 45-nano chips (is there anything next-gen about them?) will arrive before the end of the year. And just when you thought it was safe to wait till the end of the year, 2008 will probably bring just as much changeHotdog wrote:The dual AXP won't be able to run the SMP client, until/unless they launch a 32bit one ='(.
Depending on how long you've been gone, here's a run down of what's changed:
Pentium is dead, long live Core2.
A64 is old, A64 X2 is now cheap. Long live cheap X2!
939 is dead, AM2 replaced it. AM2 brings amazing things, like... like... DDR2? Yeah.
ATI was purchased by AMD. ATI beat Nvidia to the punch with Vista drivers, which is amusing. The R600 will launch by the time Jesus returns, until then, the 8800GTS/GTX are the only DX10 cards.
And that's the gist of it. If you're looking for a new "power workstation", you'll want to go with a Core2. If you want a cheaper dual core box, you'll go with an X2 or a Pentium D, depending on your needs. If you game, an X2 or Core2 over a Pentium D.
Video card wise, wait until the R600 comes out from ATI, to see its performance, as well as allow the market to adjust to the price.
Hotdog wrote:The dual AXP won't be able to run the SMP client, until/unless they launch a 32bit one ='(.
farmpuma wrote:Are you lookin' to add some points to that beautiful sig?
Did you trade away all your old hardware for shootin' irons?
If you still have that dual AXP machine the SMP client could be a good source of energy efficent points.
Ragnar Dan wrote:Until the SMP client quits working, it is a huge gain. When it quits working, which according to their FAQ will be in 2 months (assumed from the January 22 date in the FAQ), then the extra points may disappear, or perhaps they'll finally get a Windows SMP client released and the advantage of Linux will disappear.
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