Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 11971 from 2003/5/22
>>> In a perfect world we could have a modern, inexpensive and powerful POWER
>>> processor but that seems to be more and more difficult and costly everyday.
>> I find 375 USD for a modern and powerful 3.8 GHz 4-core/16-thread
>> POWER9 processor quite inexpensive, and I don't see how this will
>> become any more difficult or costly.
> Aren't the boards to put it in starting at 800 USD?
The boards alone are starting at 975 USD, and bundles of the board and aforementioned CPU are starting at 1250 USD (which saves 100 USD from separate purchase). This relative performance level has (almost*) never been cheaper in desktop/workstation Power(PC) world, not even with Apple. The quad-G5 PowerMac was 3300 USD introductory price in 2005, which now is worth inflation-adjusted 4200 USD, while a full bare-bones Blackbird system will set you back no more than half that.
* YDL PowerStation for 1895 USD in 2008
and for 1125 USD in 2009