Archive for February, 2014

Going crazy with hardware

Posted: February 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

So with the release of the AMD A10-7850 Kaveri, I thought I would jump in and get one. My current “server” is a mere System 76  i5 from about 3 years ago so it’s starting to get a bit old…  The larger reason tho is I wanted to get an HSA compliant system as well as something I could drop a R9 R290 into and use for OpenCL for a whole heck of a lot of GPU goodness. That’s two sets of GPUs,  one on the processor die and one on the graphics card. Instant environment for some benchmarks 🙂 to compare OpenCL on card vs OpenCL where there are shared page tables with the CPU vs eventually HSA.

So what did I pick up?

Well first the processor an AMD A10-7850K.

The motherboard it’ll go into is an Asus ATX A88X-Pro which is able to overclick memory to 2400Mhz

The memory I picked up is two sticks of Corsair Dominator DDR3 PC3 19200.

For cooling I did get a Corsair Hydro H100i. Be interesting to see how well that works. I very much enjoy the ARM world were we don’t have to think about this class of cooling. Having to drop $50-$100 for cooling is less than fun.

Then for a case and I honestly thought about letting it just set on the desk a 550D mid tower also by Corsair.

All in all should be a pretty sweet system. I have a couple of SSD drives I’ll be dropping into it so it should rock out pretty well. It’s not a Mac Pro… which *sigh* I would really like but for Linux box, it should do well.

After it’s assembled I’ll post again.

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