[rescue] Sun is purple - not blue....

Robert Darlington rdarlington at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 00:34:57 CDT 2009

I'm not aware of too many cases (pronounced "any cases") where a $20k
workstation is faster than a sub $5k PC in any respect.  Even my company
stopped dropping the cash for the hefty clusters that were over $100k for a
700% performance boost using a couple nVidia boards in a PC for under
$10k.   (We design, build, and sell CT systems).


On Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 11:22 PM, Patrick Giagnocavo <patrick at zill.net>wrote:

> Charles Monett wrote:
> > The $20k one most likely will have something the $2000 one is lacking -
> > and may be built for a lot longer time and stress than the 3-5yr
> > warrantied "commodity machine".
> >
> They depreciate so quickly however.
> The real question is how much $ can you get back on it during its 3 year
> lifespan; if you are paying someone  $100K per year, they are getting
> $50 per hour; so if you can deliver something that makes them 10% more
> efficient the extra cost will pay for itself.
> However if the speed is the same, it is cheaper to buy and throw away
> the $2000 one.
> :-(
> --Patrick
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