Monday, October 31


Yes, We Have No Bananas

So, I was all set to buy myself a nice new 8-core Bulldozer system with 16GB of RAM and a whole bunch of disks when (a) Bulldozer a.k.a. AMD's FX processor family turned out to be not that hot except heat-wise, and (b) a quarter of the world's hard disk manufacturing capacity found itself at the bottom of a lake that hadn't been there yesterday.

Seagate drive prices have jumped 30% already, while Western Digital - the ones currently swimming with the fishes - have jumped 40%.  Kind of annoying on the eve of my purchasing a dozen or more.

The other other thing is the pending launch of Intel's Sandy Bridge E, which, when coupled with the right motherboard (that being Gigabyte's GA-X79-UD5) supports 14 disk drives and 32GB of RAM.  Which would let me run my little virtual cloud right on my desktop.

On the fourth hand, the server version of Bulldozer can support a lot more than 32GB of RAM, and I do want to have a desktop Bulldozer to see if the server version is a good option.  On the fifth hand, the low-end serverdozers (the Opteron 4200 family) haven't shown up yet.  On the sixth hand, they're close - a 3GHz (baseline) 8-core dual-socket chip looks set to cost $360. which ain't bad, about the same as the current 2.8GHz 6-core Opteron 4100.

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1 Poor, poor VIA. Nobody loves you.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Tuesday, November 01 2011 06:22 AM (G2mwb)

2 "Jerseys" spammed me, too, which means he has an account.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Wednesday, November 02 2011 04:33 PM (+rSRq)

3 Not any more!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, November 02 2011 07:51 PM (PiXy!)


It's always seemed rather cheeky to me for spammers to hit Ambient Irony itself. Sort of like bearding the lion in its own den.

Of course they don't know that this blog belongs to the system operator, but it feels like they're taunting you.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thursday, November 03 2011 04:48 AM (+rSRq)

5 Well, their amazing success with must be encouraging spammers. Love the spam story where the father asks if his son wants to buy TaylorMade R7 CGB Max Irons.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Thursday, November 03 2011 07:44 AM (G2mwb)

6 Wait, what's this about lakes and hard drive manufacturing?

Posted by: Wonderduck at Thursday, November 03 2011 09:33 AM (o45Mg)

7 Many of the worlds disk drive factories are in Thailand, and two of the biggest are presently under water.  Some of those that aren't (Seagate's factory is safe) are cut off from their supply chain and have had to shut down anyway.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, November 03 2011 02:16 PM (PiXy!)

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