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Comment Try out a Via C7-based machine (Score 1) 170

I have one of these in my kitchen (long story) that has been happily chugging away without any downtime for about a year now.

These processors/computers are certainly now the highest-performance machines in the world, but they handle most home tasks wonderfully and consume almost no power when idle. For 24/7 operation this becomes very important. Also, most varieties of C7 can operate with passive cooling, meaning your power supply fan will be the only noise it generates.

If you can afford it (I put mine together with a gig of memory, 500gb disk, and DVD for about $350 a year ago), this is a better approach than "throw slackware on an old Pentium 3" because you can get the same or better performance without the ongoing electricity cost and loud operation.


Submission + - Mini-ITX Clusters?

HesAnIndieRocker writes: "I've recently become interested in experimenting with Linux cluster technologies (databases, distributed file systems, etc) but have been held back by the availability of cheap server hardware. Via's MiniITX C7-based motherboards look very promising, but all of the enclosures I have seen for the platform look like stereo components or traditional PCs. Are there any solutions out there for putting multiple boards in a single box with shared power and space for hard drives, or must the aspiring supercomputer owner build everything themselves? Is there a cluster hobbyist market or are they only built (and priced) for the enterprise?"

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