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post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-07-2019, 03:53 PM
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Right, I get that.

So this is a way to get more CPUs into a PC essentially right? What is the benifit to doing it this way vs having server racks or a multi socket motherboard? Just easier to setup?
i really have no clue, i'm still trying to wrap my mind around it.

Christine made more sense than this, tbh.

The NUC really didn't ever make sense to me either. But again, I was raised in an environment of centralized solutions like thin client + RDS.

i assume at some point there's a cost reason to have mobile credit card PCs that dock? Idk. always seemed like an evolution tech, more than a reasonable tech.

I get the idea of being able to socket more memory and more CPUs via PCI-e... I assume there's something out there that would benefit from this more so than GPUs, and its much easier and cleaner than dual socket boards. I'd even be willing to guess that its "easier" somehow to do this via PCI-E than the dual board route? idk.

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So... it's basically a blade server type of setup...

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inside your PC.

something about that engineering sample screams cleaned up super glue and wood screws.

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it would have been far more interesting if it was a xeon phi instead
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it would have been far more interesting if it was a xeon phi instead
Xeon Phi couldn't compete with nVidia which is why they're making GPUs.

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I really like most of the creative stuff Intel does, but couldn't you just buy a threadripper instead? You probably won't get driver problems with the latest semiannual version of windows with that. You could have a threadripper with not a ton of cores/ram, or you could spend more to get more of both.

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I really like most of the creative stuff Intel does, but couldn't you just buy a threadripper instead? You probably won't get driver problems with the latest semiannual version of windows with that. You could have a threadripper with not a ton of cores/ram, or you could spend more to get more of both.
My primary concern over something like this "creative stuff" is that Intel has form for dreaming up an idea (or just waiting for someone else to dream it up, then, uh... borrowing it) releasing it to much fanfare then abandoning all support for it, then announcing EOL very soon after.

I'm thinking of all of Intel's previous "micro PC" efforts - the SD card sized job (Edison, I think it was called), the Compute Stick, the Compute Card...

It doesn't encourage me to investigate these sorts of things when it stands a fair chance of just being abandoned shortly after purchase. I was looking at the Compute Cards a while ago, and then a few weeks later Intel announced EOL. Cue me losing interest.

At least the NUC seems to have survived - while it now has reasonable competition in the form of the UP! boards, etc... at first it didn't. The NUC was/is a rather decent way - if somewhat expensive - to get an x86-64 PC with a fair chunk of memory and potentially a lot of storage in a very small space, while still being at least partially upgradeable.


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My primary concern over something like this "creative stuff" is that Intel has form for dreaming up an idea (or just waiting for someone else to dream it up, then, uh... borrowing it) releasing it to much fanfare then abandoning all support for it, then announcing EOL very soon after.

I'm thinking of all of Intel's previous "micro PC" efforts - the SD card sized job (Edison, I think it was called), the Compute Stick, the Compute Card...

It doesn't encourage me to investigate these sorts of things when it stands a fair chance of just being abandoned shortly after purchase. I was looking at the Compute Cards a while ago, and then a few weeks later Intel announced EOL. Cue me losing interest.

At least the NUC seems to have survived - while it now has reasonable competition in the form of the UP! boards, etc... at first it didn't. The NUC was/is a rather decent way - if somewhat expensive - to get an x86-64 PC with a fair chunk of memory and potentially a lot of storage in a very small space, while still being at least partially upgradeable.
Compute sticks still work. I've got a fanless 2w z8300 one I don't use anymore, but it runs windows 1903 fine. Anything less is inadequate though.

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I really like most of the creative stuff Intel does, but couldn't you just buy a threadripper instead? You probably won't get driver problems with the latest semiannual version of windows with that. You could have a threadripper with not a ton of cores/ram, or you could spend more to get more of both.
Threadripper is more cores per CPU sure but if you had 4 PCIe slots, you could get 4 of these in one rig. Still not really sure what the benifit to this form factor is all things considered but the option is there.

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Compute sticks still work. I've got a fanless 2w z8300 one I don't use anymore, but it runs windows 1903 fine. Anything less is inadequate though.
I know they still work, but it's a hard sell not just to myself, but also to finance dept. when Intel have announced EOL.


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