AMD FX Excels -- real user experience
- 10/18/2011 8:54:21 AM
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The future of HPC
Pros: Amazing price to performance for HPC applications. Multithreading capabilities. Abundant overclocking capabilities. Significantly outperforms basic dual slot CPU workstations.
Cons: Most AM3+ motherboards currently on the market will require a BIOS update to support the FX series. In order to update the BIOS you’ll need to have a prior-generation AM3 compatible chip installed in your motherboard prior to performing the update. However I'm sure this issue will be resolved in the near future by the motherboard manufacturers.
Other Thoughts: Our company makes cellular image analysis instrumentation and software that takes advantage of the multi-threading capabilities of multi-core CPUs. Since our analysis software runs hundreds of parallel image analysis algorithms that are heavily multi-threaded the CPU is generally maxed out. We’ve been looking for a low cost alternative solution for our customers to replace their current expensive dual-slot Xeon CPU workstations. In early testing with our software my current configuration of a single non-overclocked FX-8150 (ASRock 990FX Extreme 4 motherboard) running Windows 7 64-bit is outperforming our dual-quad core Xeon E5600 workstations by as much as 27%. What makes this even more impressive is that our software code is optimized to use the Intel performance primitives. The results are encouraging considering the BIOS, C++ compilers and Windows scheduler haven’t yet been optimized for the Bulldozer architecture. Once the software catches up this chip should be even more ama