02-22-2012 11:51 AM - edited 02-23-2012 01:22 PM
Some people are gamers and will spare no expense. Me, I'm a "Furmarker".
I actually bought a high end desktop system which I have dedicated exclusively to run Furmark.
It's a liquid nitrogen cooled i7-3960 overclocked to 4.4GHz with top of the line CrossFire graphics, dual 512GB RAID 0 SSDs and 32GB of 1866 MHz DDR3. I have 4 Dell Ultrasharp 2560x1600 monitors attached.
This setup cost me over $12000 and Furmark has been running for 8 days now without a hiccup. Still... nobody likes me.
02-22-2012 12:14 PM
02-22-2012 05:18 PM - edited 02-22-2012 05:20 PM
Not really into gaming, nor the whole overclocking scene of things (though I do find it interesting, just not practicing it). But ZZ, at that price, you should be able to get about half a dozen to a dozen 256GB SATA3 SSDs, have that with a hotswappable backplane in RAID 6. And possibly a Quadro Plex 7000, and a Quad x 10cores Xeon (10 cores, 20 threads each). Problem with that though would be thread management overhead, and programs will have to be rather specialised, such as those written specifically for HPC (but that's not my area).
Without the added cost of the liquid nitrogen cooling system, and probably with improved stability (no overclocking).
That would be a rather fast and stable system.
P.S. Oops, just checked the price of the Quadro Plex 7000, it's over $16k. Need more dough.
02-22-2012 08:03 PM
Just been thinking...
Has anyone looked at any [portable / mobile] desktop / server systems? You know, those that would fit / customised into a Pelican case. Something similar to those portable PS3 / XBox videos I've been seeing on YouTube. Since the 1.5 (max 1.75...for it to do anything useful) hr of battery life on the W510 is nothing to be missed really.
That would be a fun little project I think.