It feels kinda strange as I’ve toyed with PCs ever since I was about 7 years old (on grandpa’s 286) and since my 13th or 14th birthday, I’ve had dozens of PCs (also one Macintosh, which I’d rather forget about). All Intel. Not a single AMD. Don’t know why, I just didn’t feel the need for a change. Same goes for the GPUs. I’ve always been with nVidia (or 3dfx, if you remember, before nVidia bought them), not a single ATI.
So, today is a little special day. I bought my first AMD machine in my life! It’s another render node, to be specific. The reason is simple, or rather, the reasons are simple. A friend of mine bought himself a nice AMD Phenom-II rig not long ago and praised its speed as well as power consumption and mainly the heat dissipation, which is what I’m currently most interested in. Another factor was the cost. I was able to put toghether a, presumably, about 10% less powerful rig than my current i7s, but for about half as much!
So, all in all, it boils down to one thing: if this machine performs +/- the same as the i7s, but produces much less heat (as I heard) and costs half the money. I’m sold!
I’ll perform some real-world usage tests (hopefully including power consumption) in my rack setup on actual productions and if all goes as well as I hope, I’ll sell all the i7s and buy Phenom-IIs instead. Primarily because I have some serious issues with cooling the 1U machines in the tiny server room of mine.