Jim Richardson wrote:
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> On Sat, 6 May 2006 14:13:27 -0500,
> Erik Funkenbusch <erik@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Sat, 06 May 2006 06:55:04 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> >> http://kurobox.com/revolution/what.html
> > Nice. Might be useful for file and print serving, and simple HTTP. But
> > you're not going to want to run a heavy site with dynamic content and
> > database activity. 266Mhz with 128MB of memory is a bit weak for that.
> well duh!
> > It would be interesting to see them make a "blade" type server out of this,
> > with 10 or 20 of these on a single 1U device. It would be good for a web
> > hosting environment with a shared SQL server running on beefy hardware.
> You wouldn't fit 20 of them in a 1U enclosure, also, the
> heat output would fry them, you'd need to pipe in liquid cooling. As it
> is, the box has an external "brick" supply, and you have to take that
> into account in a rack setup.
> Make a great workstation for most general usage, as well as a light
> server as you mention. But forget the heavy lifting. There are better,
> cheaper ways to do that.
If you're trying to make the absolute cheapest computer possible then
one would use a 266Mhz processor. But if you're willing to pay just a
couple of extra dollars you can get a "real" CPU. Checking my CPU price
web-site I see the following:
=$881 - xeon 3.8ghz 800
=$545 - xeon 3.6ghz 604
=$640 - xeon 3.6ghz 2mb 800
=$358 - xeon 3.4ghz 604
=$475 - xeon 3.4ghz 2mb 800
=$250 - xeon 3.2ghz 800
=$390 - xeon 3.2ghz 533
=$319 - xeon 3.2ghz 2mb 800
=$201 - xeon 3.0ghz 800
=$375 - xeon 3.0ghz 533
=$158 - xeon 2.8ghz 800
=$245 - xeon 2.8ghz 533
=$185 - xeon 2.6ghz
=$165 - xeon 2.66ghz 533
=$138 - xeon 2.4ghz 533
=$65 - xeon 2.0ghz 533
=$30 - xeon 1.7ghz
=$39 - xeon 1.5ghz
For $39 you can get a 1.5Ghz xeon. (AMD processors are even less
expensive). It would take more than 5 blades to get the CPU performance
of asingle xeon 1.5Ghz machine. My guess is that 5 blades would cost
more than $39.