View Full Version : Why is the Opteron 275 2X the cost of a 175?
01-17-2006, 04:01 PM
I understand that the 275 is made for dual proc usage, but other than that it's the same processor as the 175. Yet it's more than 2X the cost of a 175.
So, you can get a 175 for around $540 - the 275 costs over $1200. So to build a dual 275 machine you're talking $2400+ just for the processors.
Is this just an example of supply and demand?
01-17-2006, 04:11 PM
Well partially yes, supply and demand I guess, but it's not EXACTLY the same. It has one more node for comunication with the other procesor, so it's a bit different architecture.
01-17-2006, 04:22 PM
Right - that's what I meant. It's got the extra connections to let it be used in a dual setup, but otherwise it's functionally identical to the 175.
I was really disappointed at the pricing when comparing the 2 chips. I had expected to pay a premium for the dual proc capability, but not 2X the price.
01-17-2006, 05:22 PM
Yes I agree. When I was buying mine, at first I thought it was the price for both processors hehe
01-17-2006, 05:34 PM
It's just what the market will bear at this time. So we should all just boycott the 2xx processors until they agree to lower them down!
You think a 275 is expencive, go look at the 875s :) Still functionally identical to the 175, except it has 3 HT links for CPU to CPU communication (rather than the 275's 2, and the 175's 0).
Its expencive because its new, its also expencive because it is aimed at the server market, where this kind of money difference does not make a huge impact on purchase. Especially, when a pair of 275s will use less energy per year in a single system (BIG savings) when compared to four 248s in two 2-way systems.
A room full of dual dual core machines will take up half the space, and about half the electrical power as a room full of dual single core machines at the same clock speed and the same number of cores (in the case of AMD). Compare the powerbill of the two setups and the dual core 275 could pay itself off in a few months.
Though for the end user, this is a steep price to pay...
01-17-2006, 06:03 PM
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