Dual Core hits home server

I bit the bullet and bought a new CPU for the home server. It now has an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Socket AM2 2.6GHz Energy Efficient L2 1MB (2x512KB):

: pearson FSS 2 $; /usr/sbin/psrinfo -v
Status of virtual processor 0 as of: 03/27/2008 08:00:38
  on-line since 03/27/2008 07:47:52.
  The i386 processor operates at 2600 MHz,
        and has an i387 compatible floating point processor.
Status of virtual processor 1 as of: 03/27/2008 08:00:38
  on-line since 03/27/2008 07:48:00.
  The i386 processor operates at 2600 MHz,
        and has an i387 compatible floating point processor.
: pearson FSS 3 $; 

So far so good. Obviously power now no longer works so this is running at full power all the time, which is less than ideal but the performance should be and so far is considerably better than the single 2.2GHz CPU it replaces.

With the exception of PowerNow which is not supported on this Dual Core CPU, Solaris works flawlessly as expected.

Comments:

Purely out of interest, why did you do the upgrade? I suppose the cost is so low that it's almost not worth thinking about, but I'm just wondering what you're doing with the machine to necessitate a dual core CPU.

Posted by inomine on March 31, 2008 at 05:45 AM BST #

When all the users were logged in the system was sluggish to the point of being annoying. Five gnome sessions, the photo frame plus ZFS and email with spam and virus scanning was just a bit to much. I had always planned to be dual core when but when I bought the system they were expensive in a way that they are not now.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on March 31, 2008 at 06:27 AM BST #

Ah, ok. Reading your previous comments I had presumed that you were using it simply as a ZFS file server.

So you run SunRays at home? Thinking about it, it would be interesting to get a post about what your current home setup does and how it's configured.

Posted by inomine on March 31, 2008 at 08:41 AM BST #

Yes I run 3 Sun Rays at home. 1 as a photo frame and two real Sun Rays. I'll post the full spec of what the system does later this week or may be next week depending on time. I've tried to tag all the homeserver related posts so that http://blogs.sun.com/chrisg/tags/homeserver should get most of what I have written on the subject.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on March 31, 2008 at 08:48 AM BST #

[Trackback] I was recently asked what the home server serves. So here is the list: NAS server. NFS and CIFS (via SAMBA). There is a single Windows system in the house which is increasingly not switched on. NFS for the two laptops that frequent the ...

Posted by The dot in ... --- ... on April 06, 2008 at 07:55 AM BST #

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