Re: Ubuntu Game console - PS4 and Xbox One crusher
This is a MAJOR challenge, as both consoles use unconventional CPU's; Sony® subcontracts PlayStation® console CPU's to International Business Machines® (in the form of custom MPU's based on the POWER architecture) and Microsoft® subcontracts XBOX® CPU's to nVIDIA®. The POWER MPU's require more code than your typical AMD64 and x86-64, as the POWER chips use a reduced-instruction-set architecture. I haven't much information on the approach used by nVIDIA® on the XBOX® One™ CPU's.
As of September 2013, the best available CPU for this task seems to be the Intel® Core™ i7™ Extreme™ 3970X (LGA2011), a six-core/twelve-thread powerhouse that dissipates 150W and can address 64 GB DDR3-1600 SDRAM over 4 channels. Large cases, preferably full-towers capable of taking EPS12V workstation boards, are invariably needed for gaming rigs due to the massive amounts of cooling air required for the CPU, mainboard chipset, and video hardware; I'd recommend an Asus® TUF® Sabertooth™ X79 mainboard, Antec® Twelve Hundred™ case and High Current Pro™ 1200 PSU, and a Noctua® NH-C14 (the most efficient CPU cooler available) upgraded with dual Coolertec® SBW14025DFX-F PWM fans, for minimum equipment.
The video card is a real trick, as both Sony® and Microsoft® use nVIDIA® GPU's, which have a performance edge on the entire Advanced Micro Devices® Radeon® HD™ 7000 Series with the majority of available game software as of September 2013, for their respective consoles. As of September 2013 the best available video card for the task appears to be the Asus® ROG® Ares II™ (C/N ARES2-6GD5) (dual Advanced Micro Devices® Tahiti XT2 GPU's in permanent 2-way CrossFireX™ under a hybrid air/liquid cooling system; 6 GB GDDR5-1650 video memory), which requires two 8-pin PCI-Express auxiliary power feeds.
As of September 2013, the only audio card that may be able to accomplish the task is the Asus® ROG® XONAR® Phoebus™ (C-Media® CMI-8888DHT PCIe 3.0 x1 DSP), which is already partially supported by the snd-virtuoso driver from the Advanced LinUX Sound Architecture Project.
(Neither Creative Technology, Ltd., nor nVIDIA Corporation is helping the open-source community with the drivers necessary for a reliable high-performance workstation in LinUX. Furthermore, the Creative Laboratories® SoundCore3D® DSP, used in the most recent Sound Blaster® audio cards, is only supported under Microsoft® Windows® 6-up.)
Last edited by bcschmerker; September 19th, 2013 at 05:49 AM.
Gigabyte MA78GM-S2HP / AMD Athlon X2 5600+
Audio: Creative Laboratoies SB0350 (PCI)
Video: ATI Radeon HD 3200 (planar)