I came across an article about some guy shopping for a new Intel CPU.
“It should in theory be simple; get the most expensive processor in a given price bracket/model range, and it’ll be the best. That means getting a Core i7 2600 variant.”
Is that guy locked-in or what? At the same time that he wants Intel’s most expensive processor, he writes:
“This is going to be a major upgrade. I’m going to keep my hard disk, beloved Dell clicky keyboard, and twin Dell U2410 monitors, but everything else is going to go; motherboard, CPU, RAM, video card, TV tuner, optical drive, and case are all up for replacement. Optical drive, too; I have enough old games on CD and DVD that ditching optical media isn’t really viable yet.”
He uses a single hard drive although he wants to use a SSD to cache it. That CPU will be idling most of the time and he will be living with the I/O bottleneck to his storage forever. He does not even consider benchmarks. He just allows Intel to tell him what the best processor is and what its price should be. He does not even consider a CPU from AMD or a cluster of CPUs.
NCIX has AMD X6 3.3gHz 10MB cache for $189. Intel’s Core i7 990X 3.46gHz 12 MB cache X6 sells for $1000+. According to Tom’s Hardware, the expensive Intel chip scores 601 on PCMark while the cheaper AMD chip scores 525 (single core test run at 3gHz). What fool pays 5X as much for 15% more performance and power-consumption??? Tom’s reviews the chip he wanted here.
On top of this, he uses that other OS. Presumably he bought a retail licensed version so he can legally move the software to the new machine with his hard drive.
Consider the pricing of that other OS:
- Ultimate – $220
- Pro – $200
- Home Premium – $120
That’s all for the same OS, retail, you know the system that manages your resources: RAM, CPU, network, storage… Then there’s the OEM version which somehow gives you less…
GNU/Linux makes life so much easier. There is no plethora of prices. One price gets you the world, $0, or close to it. Imagine what hardware you could buy with that $100-$200 saved on the software? Imagine what a second hard drive would do for this guy. Even with an SSD, he will have to seek often and two heads can seek faster than one. Two can also transfer faster than one. Imagine what another few gB of RAM would do for him or extra NICs or … You get the idea. You can get the same performance for less or get more for the same money using GNU/Linux.