So here I am, trying to do some work in Blender and Maya and trying to tune a system and (attempt to) write some code(FreeBSD mostly). And the rendering and compiling takes ages. I need more cpu power.
I get issues with running a system more than a few days. People on other forums(tweakers.net & hardware.info) told me to use Opteron or Xeon as this will solve some of the issues I am having, and I know these come in dual socket. Not needed I guess, but if I could, I'd be really happy...
Now the problem is this is not making me any money for now since I suck too much at this to give up my dayjob, so I'd like to not spend a boatload of cash. So I browsed a bit and came to the conclusion Intel is costly, and then I saw this: http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/295821/amd-opteron-4226-boxed.html 12 cores in a single system, now that is looking quite tempting.
Then I turned my attention to the motherboards. G34 is through the damn roof, that is a no-go. So C32 it is. This would be an excellent platform for the more enthusiast homeuser, but it has a rather outdated chipset. As in its 2008/2009 parts outdated, and this is not too tempting on a desktop. Which is too bad or it would be on order already. The alternative would be socket 2011's(yes the competition) Intel Xeon E5-1650. But that one cpu is more than 2x Opteron 4226 and a C32 board combined, at least where I live. The AMD SR5670 still is the latest chipset for G34 and C32 right? Correct me if I'm wrong.
Now I know most news reported Steamroller is still on for 2013, so I thought what if I wait it out a bit and see. Depending upon who you believe, there could be a new socket in it. And a new socket may mean a new modern chipset.
But is Steamroller in 2013 only coming for the Opteron as some reports said, or is it only coming for APU's as other sites reported? Or both? And is there really a new socket in it for Steamroller? Or is that only for Excavator? Is there a new Opteronsocket or chipset on its way? Will all Opterons switch to a single socket if that is the case and ditch C32 and G34? I know that a single socket for APU and FX is the goal this next generation or the one after that, at least for the desktop.
Is there ever anyone from AMD on this forum that could at least drop a hint on when the new socket/chipset is here for Opteron?
If anyone here has any suggestions on how to cram more horsepower into a case, I am all ears.
Props to AMD on keeping the sockets so you do not need to change entire systems, but it seems there can be downsides afterall.