29 August 2014

8 Is Enough

AnandTech is out with a rundown on the latest from Intel.

If you're interested in building a database or quant machine with big cujones, the last table on the page gives you the numbers. The quote is $7,080, which is much higher than such a machine would need. You can skip the GPUs (well, at least two of them), drop a couple of hundred watts from the psu, and easily get under $5,000. Running R and any of the open source (or free, as in beer, commercial) databases in 64 gig and 2 terabytes (skip RAID? why not?) of space. That's a couple of weeks of salary for a quant or database dev. Really. You can afford it; the neverending free food'll cost you more.

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