Dual Xeon For Linux

April 1, 2009 at 19:25:22
Specs: LINUX
I'm looking to build a Dual processor Xeon motherboard to run Linux.
The main function of the box would be to run intensive simulations. Lots of floating point and numeric calculations. No graphics. Just number crunching. 16G of memory.
Any suggestions?
I have bad luck with AMD. The processors overheat and die. I did put a water cooler on one and that helped AMD. However the AMD processors seem to be much slower that Intel's. So I am willing to give Intel a shot.

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April 2, 2009 at 14:05:33
Odd, I'd thought the opteron would have been the choice. Processors don't burn out if they are properly cooled by a supported cooling device.

There are plenty of tests out there posted.

You should use a compiled from sources distro for such a use.

Use only the minimum that is needed for your tasks. Look at Gentoo for the fastest distro built for your machine and processor.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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April 9, 2009 at 18:33:11
I did have an opteron it burnt out. I ran it at 100% load 24/7 for a week or longer. I used the recommended cooler certified by AMD. The opteron lasted about 3 weeks. I have fried 6 AMD processors. I still have 3 AMDs computer two fan cooled, one water cooled, the two fan cooled motherboards beep under heavy load. The CPU's run hot. The water cooled one, has been working well for the past year.

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