This seems ridiculous, I need to build a PC for music production and a dual cpu machine is crucial right now.
I can't afford dual xeons, and the new bulldozer server's just freak me out for some reason, I don't like the name "server".
I'm stumped in building a new machine, I just need dual cpu system and intel will rape me.
F*ck! I'm ready to just update my tricore to the 1100t and settle.
The dual mac pros people are using for music production and video encoding aren't server, I don't think.
And the clock speeds for the opterons are low, especially when the cores start getting larger.
Dual Mac Pros use Xeon server chips. If you want to build a dual cpu machine, Xeon and Opteron are your only alternatives. Regular non-server chips do not have the circuitry necessary to work in a dual configuration. As far as the lower clock speeds, a lot depends on your software's ability to utilize multiple cores effectively. A good example would be 3D rendering using a bucket renderer. Since they can render each bucket as a separate process with a dedicated core, a 12 or 24 core machine will will outperform a 4 or 6 core machine running at a higher clock speed.