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ASUS ROG ZENITH Extreme sTR4 Motherboard on back order

ASUS ROG ZENITH Extreme sTR4 Motherboard on back order

Aug 10, 2017 by Paul White

I remember when the Ryzen 7 CPUs came out, and how all the higher end motherboards seemed to be on back order for months.  So far everything for my workstation has shipped, even the Threadripper 1950x CPU, but my motherboard is labeled as Pre-Order on newegg's order page.  A little worried as its labeled on Newegg's website as out of stock. 


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AMD Threadripper Workstation build

AMD Threadripper Workstation build

Aug 9, 2017 by Paul White

Its been a long time coming.  Finally building a new workstation.  I have done the whole wait and see for years now, and finally I feel like a CPU that won't be replaced any time soon is here.  I have jumped both feet in with AMD's new Threadripper CPU with a monster build.  


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Intel Core i9 vs AMD Threadripper

Jul 18, 2017 by Paul White

Finally AMD and Intel are again competing for consumers business.  Intel has released its Core i9, which was previously its Extreme Edition CPUs, and AMD is about to release Threadripper its scaled out version of Ryzen.  My First generation Intel I7 no longer cuts it, especially after upgrading to windows 10.  Even upgrading the air cooler and overclocking it from 2.6 Ghz to 3.6 Ghz is not enough.  Editing 4K video is near impossible.  So I am ready to build a new workstation.  I have had my eye on the latest from AMD and Intel, and I think I have mde up my mind.


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FTP problems with Linksys e4200 router

FTP problems with Linksys e4200 router

Mar 20, 2015 by Paul White

Updates on your hardware with new software is usually a good thing,  Except when those updates break things.  This turned out to be the case for people with the Linksys e4200 router who were updating to the latest 1.0.06 Firmware.  It was impossible setup USB devices as FTP or Media storage due to a new (Feature) where sessions would be passed in the Querystring as part of a security update that Linksys added. 


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Ebaying Hard Drives, Server, RAID Controller, Computer Parts

Ebaying Hard Drives, Server, RAID Controller, Computer Parts

Nov 19, 2014 by Paul White

Anyone who works in technology is usually surrounded by the clutter of old hardware.  Over the years I have upgraded systems where the old components were no longer needed, be it memory, or Hard Drives.  So my office had slowly become a graveyard for perfectly good but older hardware.  Finally after getting ahead of my inbox, I decided to conquer my office clutter and do an Ebay blitz to sell off this stuff.  After all Technology doubles in power every 18 months ( Moore's Law ), but this also means it depreciates by 50% every 18 months ( My Law ).  Holding onto old hardware thinking that someday you might need it again is a bad habbit for most of us.  It's time to sell it.


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RocketRaid 4520 and WD 2TB Green Drives a recipe for failure

RocketRaid 4520 and WD 2TB Green Drives a recipe for failure

Aug 5, 2014 by Paul White

A couple months ago I colocated my new server, and have been slowly migrating all the data from my old server to the new one.  All this time, the new sever has been solid.   That was until last night.  When my raid card decided to drop a couple drives.  Making the system unresponsive, resulting in about 6 hours of downtime while My datacenter guy and me tried to diagnose the problem and get it back online.  For anyone thinking about putting WD green drives in a server, you might want to rethink that.


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HighPoint RocketRaid 4520 Raid Card SSD Benchmarks and Review

HighPoint RocketRaid 4520 Raid Card SSD Benchmarks and Review

Feb 21, 2013 by Paul White

I took a gamble and decided to try Highpoint's latest flagship Raid Card ( RocketRaid 4520 ) for my new web server.  Naturally when I get a new piece of hardware I like to put it through some benchmarks to see if it really performs the way it should.  When this combined with your Operating System's Buffering and Caching this card is Excellent, but when Direct I/O is tested is falls short.  To make a long story short, the Rocketraid 4520 does not perform well for IOPS at 4K.  I have already contacted HighPoint and they inferred that their engineering team is aware of this, and are working on a new firmware that should fix the issues.
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How to Measure your Server's Disk Writes for SSD consideration

How to Measure your Server's Disk Writes for SSD consideration

Jan 18, 2013 by Paul White

Before anyone considers throwing an SSD into your server, its important to be sure your server is not going to destroy that SSD with writes after a few months. In this guide I will show you how to use Performance monitoring in Windows Server 2008 R2 to determine what kind of write activity your server is currently doing. Then after that we can calculate our daily and annual writes, allowing us to determine how long that shiny new SSD will last in our server.
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Which SSD should I use in my Web Server

Which SSD should I use in my Web Server

Dec 30, 2012 by Paul White

I am currently building a new Server for Colocation. This time around I am going to use SSD drives instead of the 15K SAS drives. Even though the 15K SAS drives have been reliable performers, the newest SSD drives simply blow them away in terms of IO. However SSD drives have a few issues you should be aware of. Wear Leveling! But before you decided that SSD drives are too much risk for your server, do the math, and ask yourself, how much writing does your server really do.
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Save Money by upgrading from LCD to LED Monitors

Save Money by upgrading from LCD to LED Monitors

Mar 30, 2012 by Paul White

If you read my previous blog post, you know that I was having a little trouble with my Samsung 2493HM Syncmaster LCD monitor. I actually have 2 of them on my work station. I finally gave up on trying to repair it after the repair failed twice. I have upgraded to Dell 24" LED monitors. LED monitors cost a bit more than their LCD counterparts, but the cost savings in energy are worth it. I break out the kill-a-watt meter and put my old monitors against my new ones.
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