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AMD 2216 - are they "worth it" if I would get some for free ?

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What is your opinion - would it be worth it the get about 5x dual socket AMD 2216 systems for free and set em up at home for crunching some BOINC ? "Worth it" in the current situation then from the point of view of electricity costs of running them. That would be altogehter approx ~300 W per system so ~1.5 kW power consumption.

With all the taxes, green energy subsdities and additional fees electricity costs approx 10 cents per kWh in here. So running these would cost me approx 15 cents / h, or 3.6 euros a day or approx ~110 euros a month. Or would it be better to get some more modern system for that over the, say, couple of years run. The yearly cost would be approx 1320 euros, so if I would get the same performance for, lets say, ~800 eur at, say ~650W power consumption I would be sitting roughly at the same bill at the end of the year. But I'm not familiar with the performance of the AMD 2216 CPU's so thats why I'm asking.

Edit: based on PassMark - CPU mark I see that the 2216 gets score of 1518 (Comparable to Sempron 190 from the more moder hardware), taking that I would have 5 nodes with 2 CPU's per node I would have alltogehter 10 CPU's so alltogehter 15 180 of CPU-Mark "points". Takin a quick glance at high-end CPU chart I can see that I could get about the same result with 2x AMD FX-8320 CPU's which are about 8261 "marks" per cpu so alltogehter ~ 16 600 CPU-Mark "points".

So as far as I can see looking at CPU benchmark "points" for a yearly budget of ~1350 eur I should be better off just building 2x FX-8320 systems against getting free 2216 Opteron nodes. For ~800 eur its realistic to get 2 of these ticking and to fit within approx ~650 W power consumption with the systems so with the current electricity costs around here I would be at approx the same bill altogehter at the end of a year by building 2x FX-8320 systems against getting 5x free dual socket Opteron 2216 systems.

Or am I missing something. Would anyone who has experience with Opterons care to comment perhaps ?
Edited by Carniflex - 2/1/13 at 3:29am
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Well, I've got a 1214 which is basically the single processor variant of the 2214, and PPD in fah isn't stellar on it. I don't remember exactly, but it was getting somewhere around 800PPD

For comparison my X6 pulls 10k at around 2-2.5 times the power consumption, so do the math... I say it's not worth it to BOINC on them.
   
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