October 24th, 2003, 19:19
Howdy all,

Realistically, how much faster will programs and other such things run using the new AMD 64 with FreeBSD? Is it worth all of the money?

October 24th, 2003, 19:21
Well, when they finally make a stable release that supports it, it will be tons faster. DiktatorMike is running one on NetBSD right now, and having a great time with it.

October 24th, 2003, 20:45
/me grumbles something indignant about *fun*...

lessee...right now all the amd64 stuff is fairly expensive and largely unsupported(read: under heavy development) in 64-bit mode. 6 months from now may well see a very different picture. Don't buy an athlon64 with any illusions that it's gonna be a plug-n-chug upgrade to the next great thing, support isn't there yet...*yet*.

Last night was the first time I successfully built a 64 kernel , so, cool...still, I don't have a web browser yet... so far I have X(twm), mutt, irssi, and postfix running - not exactly a dream desktop.

Still, 32-bit runs fast, - I almost doubled the setiathome workunits/day over my xp2000+.

October 24th, 2003, 20:55
Can you give the box specs? I am curious about how the 64bit is implemented. Does the chip run on a 32bit motherboard? Does it work with over the shelf equipment or it is a specialty box?

October 24th, 2003, 21:36
athlon 64 3200+
asus k8t deluxe mobo
512 corsair ddr400 memory
1x 80GB seagate ata 7200 rpm drive
2x 80GB seagate SATA 7200 rpm drives
450 watt power supply
antec tower case

October 25th, 2003, 00:14
Doubled your setiathome output????? What are the times?

October 25th, 2003, 20:15
no hard data, but I went from ~4 a day to ~8.... somewhere around double.

no setiathome for the amd64 port of netbsd :/