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Poll Results: what will have the best possable performance for a pure folding server?

 
  • 69% (49)
    for a folding server, four 12 core AMD Opterons have the best possable performance
  • 30% (22)
    for a folding server, two 8 core Intel Xeons have the best possable performance
71 Total Votes  
post #1 of 145
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Ok, my friend wants me to help him build the most over the top folding rig ever seen. So far ive looked to the server market ith dual/quad socket boards

On the intel side, two 8core sb-e xeons

On the amd side, four 12 core bulldozers

These are the maximum cores for each platform. Amd is cheaper by alot, but lets put that aside for now. These are folding servers, doing nothing but folding all day long. Each will have four 590s (no gaming, sli dosnt matter) and the minium amount of ram to have all channals running all will be on supermicro boards. For the propose of this we will be useing the 3.1ghz procs and powerusage dosnt matter for now. Overclocking does. This is A PURE FOLDING SERVER. NO FANBOYISM HERE. NO DISSING BD. NO DISSING INTEL. WILL NOT RESPOND
Edited by jrl1357 - 3/13/12 at 8:53pm
post #2 of 145
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Sorry no 3.1ghz opterons on newegg. Forget clock speed but keep it clock-for-clock, unless one can be overclocked alot more then the other
post #3 of 145
IIRC Intel is better for folding, so that got my vote.
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I'm sticking with intel on this one.
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wait, you guys are saying core for core, SB is 3x faster? 48 cores of AMD vs 16 cores of xeons? proof.gif
post #6 of 145
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Why? If amd has over three times the cores and 50% more threads, wouldnt sbe have to be %50better to match it? This is folding cores matter
post #7 of 145
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Originally Posted by driftkidd2323 View Post

wait, you guys are saying core for core, SB is 3x faster? 48 cores of AMD vs 16 cores of xeons? proof.gif

I believe so, I've read before that Intel>AMD in folding. I don't have any citation for this. It's all just in memory. Like nVidia>AMD in folding is locked up in there too
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post #8 of 145
Two 8-core Xeons = 32 threads, so its closer than 48 vs 16. Quad 12-core opterons can put up a ton of points though. Forget the 590s though, you will use way too much power and probably end up with only a slightly higher output since the CPU folding will be slower.
post #9 of 145
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Originally Posted by jrl1357 View Post

Ok, my friend wants me to help him build the most over the top folding rig ever seen. So far ive looked to the server market ith dual/quad socket boards
On the intel side, two 8core sb-e xeons
On the amd side, four 12 core bulldozers
These are the maximum cores for each platform. Amd is cheaper by alot, but lets put that aside for now. These are folding servers, doing nothing but folding all day long. Each will have four 590s (no gaming, sli dosnt matter) and the minium amount of ram to have all channals running all will be on supermicro boards. For the propose of this we will be useing the 3.1ghz procs and powerusage dosnt matter for now. Overclocking does. This is A PURE FOLDING SERVER. NO FANBOYISM HERE. NO DISSING BD. NO DISSING INTEL. WILL NOT RESPOND

If you want extreme.... Look at
Intel Xeon X75xx (Nehalem microarchitecture) are 8-cores that support 8 sockets.
Intel Xeon X88xx (Westmere microarchitecture) are 8/10-cores that support 8 sockets.

Build a sever based on 8x Xeon E7-8870. The CPUs alone will costs $37K... I'm guess a fully equiped server should cost around $100K. That would be 80 cores/160 threads at 2.4GHz.


If you want to overclock... then stop it. You options for multi-socket overclocking are very limited. There are less than a dozen motherboard capable of overclocking a recent Xeons/Opeterons. Get a list of those boards first... EVGA SR-2, SR-X, modified Supermicro server AMD boards....

If you are not willing to spend over $30K, then you are not building the "most over the top folding rig ever seen"...
Edited by DuckieHo - 3/13/12 at 9:19pm
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Two 8-core Xeons = 32 threads, so its closer than 48 vs 16. Quad 12-core opterons can put up a ton of points though. Forget the 590s though, you will use way too much power and probably end up with only a slightly higher output since the CPU folding will be slower.

For the perpose of this power useage dosnt matter (my friend will have to figure that out himself) but how wouldnt we get higher scores with four 590? The cpu will be slower but i didnt think the cpu could hold back a gpu in folding s:/ ??
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