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Old 06-23-2004, 11:53 PM   #1
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Choosing workstation parts


Hello, first time poster here. I just wanted to get an early start at planning for a high-performance machine. I'm lookin' at speed, and I'm really syched (sp?) about possibly having a dual- or tri- monitor system. Now, of course I've never had anything other than an Intel, and barely even touched anything else, so of course my first instinct is to look at Xeons. What other options should I consider? Also, as mentioned above, I would like to have more than one monitor, and I'm not really worried about 3D gaming performance. With all the video cards on the market, how am I to know which one for some basic, high quality, 2D, multi-monitor support? I know what I want. But what products will give me what I want?

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Old 06-24-2004, 02:24 AM   #2
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Xeons are ok. I would go with AMD Opterons. You can get a dual processor or a quad processor motherboard. Keep in mind Xeon processors have a memory bandwidth limitation, so you should not use a motherboard that can handle more than two Xeon processors. Opterons do not have bandwidth limitation because they have built-in memory controller. Four Opterons easily beat four Xeon processors even if hyperthreading is enabled.

For video cards, Nvidia GeForce FX 5600 will be cheap and provide you with dual monitor. Buying a video card for the PCI bus is going to be costly and hard to find. Nvidia video cards are easier to install than ATI.

Intel might be introducing their new Xeon processors with a faster FSB and a little more cache next week, so you may to wait.
 
Old 06-24-2004, 09:14 PM   #3
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Are there any Graphics Cards that support 3 or 4 monitors on the market?

Also, I am VERY intrigued by what Opterons have to offer. However, will I be able to use precompiled x86 applications? This is important to me for the sake of WINE.

Thanks for all your help.
 
Old 06-25-2004, 02:09 AM   #4
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I have not seen a video card that outputs more than two monitors that are compatible with LINUX. The video card company that may have support for LINUX is Matrox. Motherboards with PCI Express slots will make it easy to use two video cards or more because PCI Express slots are bidirectional and they have a throughput of about 4 GB per second in each direction. The first motherboard that has PCI Express is INTEL's latest chipset and socket. There is no video cards that can be used in PCI Express slots yet, but ATI and Nvidia has designs on the board that will use PCI Express. I think ATI will be the first to put a card out for PCI Express. What I read, ATI has shown their PCI Express cards at a computer show.

Yes, you can use precompiled programs. AMD Opterons or Athlon 64 can run either 32-bit code or 64-bit code.
 
Old 06-25-2004, 12:29 PM   #5
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So, I should not expect to find a video card with more than 2 outputs for Linux in the near future then? In that case, what about having a simple PCI card along with the nVidia you suggested? Is there any reason that would not be a viable solution?

Well, I guess I'm sold on the Opterons anyway, thanks guys!
 
  


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