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post #21 of 27
Have you tried overclocking your cpu?
And how are teh clients setup? Have you set core affinities?
Memory load?

Dual cpu would probably be worth looking into; 2 lower end hexcore Xeons would probably handle the load or build two i5 rigs and overclock.
Could even go with dual socket 8core 2.6Ghz Opterons ~$300 a piece or ebay ~$200 used.
post #22 of 27
How about something along the lines of a massive folding rig?
I see you need a lot of raw CPU power but how much GPU power do you need? Does the GPU requirement scale with the CPU requirement?

http://www.overclock.net/t/1212613/guide-building-a-2p-4p-from-start-to-finish-along-with-ppd-benchmarks-gallery
This guide goes over a bunch of multi-processor builds at different price points, stating around $1k.
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GPU doesnt scale--the only real limitation should be vram(think 7850 2gb will suffice)
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Server class build should do the trick. Dual socket Sandy Bridge EN or EP 6 core or Dual socket Interlagos 12 core. The idea with the SB build would be that each game client get's it's own hyperthreaded sandy bridge core (good up to 12 clients), and the idea with the Interlagos build is that each game client gets it's own bulldozer module (again up to 12 clients). Chip price is around $400 each either way you go, dual socket boards are also around $400 whether you go G34 (use Opteron 6234 chips), 2011 (use E5-2620 chips), or 1356 (use E5-2420 chips). Scaling up to support 15 clients in a single box would be most cost effective on the Interlagos, where you can get "16 core" chips for about $600. The 8 core SB chips are over $1000 each.

I don't think there would be a significant performance difference between the 3. Something to consider is that the opteron and EP builds are quad channel, so, 32GB or 64GB would be the logical configurations, while the EN is triple channel, so 24GB or 48GB would be the logical configurations. My thoughts are that 24GB would probably be more than enough for a 12 client build and 32GB would be the sweet spot for the 16 client build.

HD7950 would be my recommendation for the GPU, the 3GB VRAM leaves you with ~250MB per client for up to 12 clients, which based on my research, should be enough to prevent any of the clients from resorting to system memory for VRAM related use. Probably go with a 4GB card for the 16 client built.

The "16 client" build would have the worst performance per client since the 16 core interlagos has pretty terrible per-core performance, but it would suffice.

Best of luck,
Eric
Edited by mdocod - 11/23/12 at 6:25am
     
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wow very informative thread, glad I took a peek. i was always wondering how people ran multiple clients... guess this answers most of that.
post #26 of 27
I've seen six clients run without major issue (at lowest settings) in virtual machines on a 4.5GHz 2600k with 16GiB of memory and a single GTX 480.

You shouldn't need a dual socket setup for nine (15 is another matter), unless you must have smooth frame rates on all of them, all the time. I would want a bare minimum of one logical core per client though.

I wouldn't worry about % of CPU utilization either, it doesn't say much, at least not without more context.
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if u overclock it really good with nice temps then go for 100% is fine also the 3960x would be able to do the Trick, or 2 xeon's , 2 xeons will be way better for such a tasl but cost more
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