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Old October 19, 2012, 06:20 PM
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how is Trinity doing in SMP folding? Those new instructions make for some good results? Is it better than a Phenom Ii X4 at similar clocks?
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Old October 25, 2012, 06:43 PM
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@SKY - If you still have the test platform set up, I wonder if you thought of trying the drivers for the FireGL APU since the specs look like they are identical units except for part numbers and drivers.

AMD FirePro

I also wonder how well it would do with 32Gb of ram to play in.
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Old October 26, 2012, 01:27 PM
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To me it looks like Moore's law & maybe inflation are causing a bit of a "plateau" in CPU prices.

back in 2009 I bought 2 of those Gigabyte 785GM-US2H motherboards. One with a dual-core, one with a Quad-core "Propus".

AnandTech - Bench - CPU

Not as fast as an Athlon 965 BE, but decent - and lower power consumption.

Where I live, we pay 10 cents per kilowatt hour for about the first 1200 kilowatt hours per month. Then it jumps into the 20 cents per kilowatt hour range, and above 1600 kilowatt hours you pay 30 cents per kilowatt hour.

Anyway, it does give a person an incentive to count watts as well as performance.

To get to the point, I look at the FM1 & FM2, and ask myself how they compare to the Gig. US2H boards.

I paid about $140 for the quad core CPU + Motherboard combo - 3 years ago. The 785GM is a decent chipset. I am using the on-board video in a dual core system with the US2H - which cost $120, CPU + Motherboard. With the Propus 630, I am using a 3870 video card.

Now I look for something similar. It's more expensive - sort of. Perhaps the GPU part of the FM1/FM2 are better than the 785GM, in between the 785GM & the 3870. Or are the FM1/FM2 GPU's faster than a 3870 ?

AnandTech - Bench - CPU

Looks like the 5800K is about 20% faster than the Propus 630. Of course, these days it's the Propus 645 - which can be had for $75. The 5800K is about 10% faster.
AnandTech - Bench - CPU

Long story short - it seems like the continual improvements in price performance that we saw with Athlon 64, Conroe, and Nehalem, are sort of flattening out. In the cheapo AMD quad core department, performance that cost $140 3 years ago is now, at best, $140.

Of course the US $ is worth less, so perhaps the cheapo AMD quad cores are effectively cheaper.

Anyway, I guess I've been spoiled by Moore's law.

I'm not complaining - I'm k'vetching.
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