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  1. I think you might be missing a few things: 1....

    I think you might be missing a few things:

    1. If you are going to run on Linux, you need to look at Linux benchmarks as the relative performance of different CPUs on Windows vs. Linux varies...
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    $379 for a beanbag?! When I was in college those...

    $379 for a beanbag?! When I was in college those things cost about ten bucks at Target. I know the dollar has gone in the toilet since then, but still, $379 is a simply ridiculous sum of money for a...
  3. The heatsink looks like it screws into a...

    The heatsink looks like it screws into a backplate, so you should be able to get some heastink that will either fit or be able to be modified to fit this board.

    The Zacate is fabricated on TSMC's...
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    You would still need to check clearances...

    You would still need to check clearances carefully no matter what board you mount that Scythe Mugen on. It's simply an enormous heatsink that the only real reason to get it would be to passively cool...
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    And I said that things like 3D rendering (which...

    And I said that things like 3D rendering (which would include Blender) are more workstation applications than they are desktop applications.




    The games I do rarely play I play in single...
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    x264 encoding certainly does use a lot of cores,...

    x264 encoding certainly does use a lot of cores, and so can some file compression programs. Other than those, there aren't too many that you'd run on a desktop that are highly multithreaded. There...
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    It all depends on what exact chips you're...

    It all depends on what exact chips you're comparing and what you are testing for a program.



    You can't turn off HT Assist on all platforms, nor would you want to. My dual G34 board doesn't...
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    If I were you, I'd put the 9800GT in the Athlon...

    If I were you, I'd put the 9800GT in the Athlon II system or the HD 4770 in the Intel system and see how that affects the readings. That's the largest variable that is unrelated to the CPU and can be...
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    We can get the 8-core Opteron 6128 here for about...

    We can get the 8-core Opteron 6128 here for about $270. However, the TDP on the 6128 and all standard-TDP G34 chips is 115 watts. The 80-watt figure is "Average CPU Power," which is supposed to be...
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    The 80-watt 8-core Opterons also cost about $500,...

    The 80-watt 8-core Opterons also cost about $500, compared to about $100 for the 95-watt Phenom II X2. The rest of the desktop dual-cores consume 45 or 65 watts.

    There are also quite a few...
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    You also have to look at the rest of the system...

    You also have to look at the rest of the system configuration if you are measuring power draw at the outlet. The chipset on the LGA1156 models such as the i3 and i7-870 has one chip that is basically...
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    The Athlon II series have TDPs of 45, 65, or 95...

    The Athlon II series have TDPs of 45, 65, or 95 watts. Only some of the Phenoms carry a 125-watt TDP rating.
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    Looking at the actual figures, it looks like you...

    Looking at the actual figures, it looks like you have something other than the CPU consuming most of the power in the system or you have a PSU that is horrendously inefficient. Your power draw of the...
  14. I'll second that. I'm using...

    I'll second that. I'm using gentoo-sources-2.6.32-r2, which has the patch already applied to the sources. It works very well and the machine doesn't have those tiny occasional "hiccups" with the GUI...
  15. Depends on what kind of hardware you're running....

    Depends on what kind of hardware you're running. Your definition of "a heavy load" is setting your number of GCC threads to 3x the number of cores in the machine. Yes, it would be stupid to run "make...
  16. Thread: Mythtv box

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    Depending on exactly what you want to do with it,...

    Depending on exactly what you want to do with it, MythTV can be run on some pretty darned old hardware.

    - If all you want to do is set up a basic DVR system for standard-def TV, really all you...
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    That would be neat. However, I doubt it will...

    That would be neat. However, I doubt it will happen soon as the last workstation gear we've seen tested here was a pair of quad-core Shanghai Opterons and some Clovertown Xeons. My prediction is that...
  18. No, that's for a framebuffer. If you want KMS, go...

    No, that's for a framebuffer. If you want KMS, go to Device Drivers -> Graphics Support -> Direct Rendering Manager Support -> ATI Radeon -> Enable modesetting in radeon by default - NEW DRIVER
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  19. My X2 4200+ can decode 1080p MPEG-2 or MPEG-4...

    My X2 4200+ can decode 1080p MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 fine, but it won't do H.264. The OP was talking about H.264.
  20. I've done some testing of video decode...

    I've done some testing of video decode performance on my system, which is at least as good as any 2.8 GHz P4 system:

    CPU: Socket 939 A64 X2 4200+ (dual-core, faster than a 2.8 P4)
    Chipset: NVIDIA...
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