Whoa, it’s been a long time since my last post.
Anyway, I’m still trying to lock down the hardware on my “desktop virtualization in-a-box” prototype lovingly codenamed greenBox. The specs so far are:
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 6 Core Processor 2.8GHZ Socket AM3
Shuttle SA76G2 Black Barebones
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB x 2
OCZ Platinum XTC PC2-6400 8GB 2X4GB
Possibly a second NIC
Now, there is a snag I’ve run into. The little shuttle motherboard here has a max TDP rating on the CPU power of 105W. Unfortunately, the TDP on most Phenom II 1055Ts is 125W. Layman’s speak, this setup doesn’t have the juice to run this processor (that’s as close to layman’s speak as I can get).
Notice, I said most. There is a version of the 1055T with a TDP of 95W which should work fine in this setup. The reduction of heat would also be great in this small build. Unfortunately, I have no idea where I’m going to get one, yet.
Is the whole project in jeopardy? Not really. If I have to, I’ll use something else. I just really think this CPU would be the best for the price range I am aiming for. So, I find myself searching for a rare version of a CPU. Not exactly something new to me. I’m very picky about my computer hardware, so I’m use to bugging retailers about a particular version. I just hope I can get it in time.