AMD X2 based box headed my way

by Mads
March 22, 2006 at 22:32 | categories: hardware, solaris

I've been looking for a machine to run opensolaris on at home instead of having to fight for test machines at $work.
I wish it could have been a sparc based machine, but while Sun make some really sweet machines, they are neither cheap nor quiet. The release of the OpenSPARC T1 might solve the problem in the long run, but it is bound to take a while.
The solution for now is buying an AMD X2 based box and learning to live with the small deficiencies of Solaris on X86/64. It hasn't been easy though, because even with the Solaris HCL, there's very litte information to be found out there about what works and what doesn't.

My choice based on what I've found on blogs and really wanting a quiet machine is:

  • Asus A8N-SLI/Premium, nForce4, S939
  • AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+, S939, E6
  • Asus EN6600LE/SI/TD/256MB, PCI-E
  • Antec Performance P180
  • ThermalRight XP 90
  • Kingston DDR400, 2x1024 MB

It will be good to get a decent machine again to do some more playing around with opensolaris. Now I just hope that SHG will devliver it within a few days.