Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dual 6-core

So, it turns out that if you really want dual 6-core processors, you're still talking somewhere near $5000 if you go PC or Mac. But as PSA points out in the comments below, there's a lot of value in building a Hackintosh. The approximately $1000 hack-n-tosh described in that article is about the equivalent of a Quad-core Mac Pro.
But I want a whole lot more computer than that.
And, as it turns out, my theory that as the machines get much more expensive (like $5K expensive) the Macs and the PC's start to be about the same price (even if you build one on your own) seems to be correct.
I guess this is a bomb disposal suit but the helmet is awesome.
For five thousand bucks the computer sure as heck better last me five years.
But it does look like getting a Mac in the $5K range is about the same as getting a PC in the $5K range. With the advantage that the Mac will dual-boot (for the PC applications I use, running Windows in a "window" is probably not practical.)
But oof. I don't want to spend that kind of money.
Actually, all of this is academic. I don't have that kind of money.


According to our man in the field, Maduka Steady, the 12-core really is significantly faster than the 8-core we have. The fact is that the computer we'd end up getting would be about $6000. That's $500/month for a year, which is more than we pay on rent in our office.
So option B is to build a simple hackintosh for about a thousand bucks. Hoof. We've managed to get away with not having to buy a computer for at least 4 years now (we got the dual quad-core for Alien Uprising I think...) but we're just going to have to.


Chance Shirley said...

Funny. I was just reading about building a Hackintosh, then I visit the Pandora Machine blog to find you writing about Hackintosh machines.

Also, that bomb disposal suit would be right at home in an Interplanetary sequel. Love that red/beige color scheme!

Andrew Bellware said...

I want to build a dual 6-core. And I need some space helmets. And a Mars buggy. And rum. I want some rum.

Beige/red is the way to go!