Biggest bang for your Buck: Athlon DC 4200/Opteron 170/Pentium D 930
I run a distributed application (image processing) that is very CPU intensive. Since it's well distributed, I can piece together many low end machines. Since it's CPU intensive, I need a lot of power and I don't have a lot of $$. So, I'm looking for hands down, the most bang for your buck.
First of is trying to pick a good server benchmark that can be run on any system. I was using "openssl speed rsa" to get rough idea.
Secondly, I'm looking for the best price/performance machine out there in the non managed dedicated server space.
The best contenders I have so far are:
$129/mo AMD Athlon Dual Core 4200/1Gb ram from layeredtech
$159/mo AMD Opteron 170/2gb ram from softlayer
$159/mo Intel Pentium D 930/1gb ram from softlayer
The DC Athlon is winning in the raw openssl speed measurement and is far lower in price/performance.
1) Is there a better CPU measurement I should be using?
2) Are other any other systems out there with better bang for your buck?
Without any doubt I would too go for the $159/mo AMD Opteron
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Like I said, the Athlon is doing better at openssl. What better benchmark should I use that would put opteron ahead? When is a big CPU cache good?
I've also run tests closer to what I'm doing, like image manipulations, and the athlon is still faster.
The only benchmark that will be usefull at all is running what the box will actually be doing for you. If the image manipulations show that the dual core athlon 64 is faster, then the dual core athlon 64 is clearly the better choice.