[Sidefx-houdini-list] hardware innovations

Paul Simpson paul at realisestudio.com
Mon Dec 19 10:47:39 EST 2005


Hey Dries,

I'm using:
- Asus  k8n dl
- Dual Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 265

I don't think that the Cool-n-quiet works on linux?  (What an annoying 
name).  Anyway, certainly much quiter than my original Opteron which 
sounded like a vacuum cleaner.

-p


Dries Desmet wrote:
> Hi Paul,
>
> Do you know which motherboard was used on your machines?
> My dual opeteron 244 (single core) based on MSI board and silent Antec case 
> makes a LOT of noise still. Especially compared to the dual core athlon I'm 
> working on right now. Is this normal? In the BIOS I setup the fans to 
> accelerate when the cpu reaches a certain temperature, but when that happens, 
> I can only use my computer with voice recognition, cause my fingers are in my 
> ears by then. I built the machine myself, cause no happy smiling faces in the 
> local computer shops over here when I ask for opteron; they think that proc 
> hasn't been released yet!
>
> D.
>
>
> On Friday 16 December 2005 20:39, Paul Simpson wrote:
>   
>> These were built by a local small PC shop to order.  They know their
>> stuff and take great pride in the whole affair.  Where super proud when
>> delivering saying "listen, no noise" with large smiles on their faces.
>> Sweet.
>>
>> 580W Tagan PSU.  Great build quality, v quiet.  Lian li Al case with lo
>> rev fans.
>>
>> Peter Bowmar wrote:
>>     
>>> Hi Paul,
>>>      Were those home-brew or commercially aquired boxes? I'm
>>> especially interested in quiet and of course, fast is always good too
>>>
>>> :) Do you know what wattage power supply the mobo needs?
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>>
>>> Peter B
>>>
>>> On 15/12/05, Paul Simpson <paul at realisestudio.com> wrote:
>>>       
>>>> Well, we've just got a couple of great new machines.  Dual processor,
>>>> dual core opterons with 4G of RAM.  Superfast and so far, the most
>>>> stable (and quiet!)  machines I've had for some time.  Running opensuse
>>>> 10.  And when rendering you get to see geekily satisfying things like
>>>> this:
>>>>
>>>> top - 19:11:45 up 9 days, 22:14, 17 users,  load average: 0.72, 1.87,
>>>> 1.75 Tasks: 258 total,   9 running, 249 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0
>>>> zombie Cpu0  : 98.4% us,  1.6% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0%
>>>> hi,  0.0% si Cpu1  : 96.8% us,  3.2% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0% wa, 
>>>> 0.0% hi,  0.0% si Cpu2  : 99.2% us,  0.8% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id,  0.0%
>>>> wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si Cpu3  : 96.8% us,  3.2% sy,  0.0% ni,  0.0% id, 
>>>> 0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si Mem:   4036776k total,  3442132k used,  
>>>> 594644k free,   229168k buffers Swap:  1124508k total,   679412k used,  
>>>> 445096k free,  1028868k cached
>>>>
>>>> Looked into the quad machines, but you pay a real premium for those 8x
>>>> opterons.  Dual proc/core was the most cost effective way to go for us.
>>>> I agree with Pete, don't spend too much on the video card.  Running a
>>>> 6600GT here and thats just fine.
>>>>
>>>> -Paul
>>>>
>>>> Jed Schwartz wrote:
>>>>         
>>>>> I've never been very good at keeping up with the latest hardware
>>>>> innovations-- As we consider our year-end hardware upgrades- I'd like
>>>>> to hear what anyone might like to share regarding the best desktop
>>>>> configurations for running houdini-
>>>>>
>>>>> I'm finding with the latest houdini builds (especially running
>>>>> elaborate DOPs simulations-etc) I'm spending more and more time
>>>>> waiting for things to cook- What is the best overall recipe for a
>>>>> high- performance "houdini" system. Are the duel core processors a
>>>>> huge advantage to sys performance beyond render-?
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks!
>>>>>
>>>>> Jed-
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
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