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Intel Fultondale 3 DC P3600 AIC 2TB PCI-Express 3.0

12 April 2018 - 05:53 PM

I want to get this...


I want to install Win7 on it.  I realize, I'm going to have to have drivers and stuff ready for Windows during the installation....


However, I'm starting to wonder if it's even possible.


Does anyone have any information on how I would make this work?


Here's what I want to use the drive on:


OS: Win7 Pro / Linux (usually Kubuntu, but I might try mint this time)


Mobo: Asus X99-E WS


RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 64GB (four sticks)


Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (one - not in SLI.  No plans for SLI for this system)


Storage: Four WD Raptor (10,000 rpm) SATA drives in RAID 5, in external enclosure via eSATA port.  (This is a temporary arrangement until I got the above AIC SSD drive).



Net Neutrality Is In Danger Again

08 February 2017 - 10:50 PM

We have to protect the Internet - again....

Please, Americans, sign the petition.  There seems to be an option for non-Americans.  Follow the instructions for that, if you are not American, but want to have a say.

One of the biggest problems is that politicians in Washington, DC have decided to turn the Internet into a political football. They’ve made net neutrality a partisan issue, which is silly because it’s not -- it’s a basic technological principle that has made the Internet what it is today. Now the former lobbyist for Big Cable who's been put in charge of internet regulation, Ajit Pai, says he’s planning to “take a weed whacker” to the basic principle upholding the open web.

We need to show Congress and the FCC that people from all across the political spectrum love the Internet and don’t want politicians to screw it up by getting rid of net neutrality. Sign the petition, and check one of the boxes to show decision makers that people want the Internet to stay awesome, regardless of their political ideology.


The guy Trump picked for FCC Chairman, was one of the lobbyists for the big telecoms.  He has sworn to kill Net Neutrality.  This is one guy I think Republicans should NOT confirm.  Maybe, if you feel inclined, please also write to your Congressman/woman, and your Senator, and tell them NOT TO CONFIRM Ajit Pai for FCC Chairman.


Potential Bottlenecks. An IRQ Question

04 November 2016 - 05:59 AM

So, I'm looking at the mobo book for the X99-E mobo I got.  I looked at the PCI-e slots, and noticed that slots 1 and 3 have different IRQ's.  Slots 1, 2, and slots 4 - 7 all have Shared IRQ's.  I was planning on putting a PCI-e SSD card in slot 5.  Since I was planning on an nVidia SLI set up using slots 1 and 3, I worried that slot's 1 and 5 would share the same IRQ.


I know that each slot has their own lane to the northbridge in the CPU, so there's no bottleneck there, but will sharing an IRQ cause a bottleneck between nVidia card in slot one and the PCI-e SSD card in slot 5?


I want maximum performance with the PCI-e SSD, and I think it's best performance might take a hit, if it has to share resources with the nVidia card.  I'm thinking that the nVidia card will want to interrupt a lot, and so will the PCI-e SSD.


Anyone know if my worries for a potential bottleneck are real, or imagined, as it relates to sharing an IRQ?

A Case! A Case For My Kingdom! Well... For A 360mm radiator...

06 October 2016 - 08:25 PM

I want to get this, but I have got no idea what cases can support it.  I've been looking at case specs, but there is no clear information that can tell me what size radiator can fit in them.


Can anyone, please, give me a place where I can look at cases that can fit that all-in-one cooler?  Or educate me on how I can tell from the scant info, whether a case can accommodate one of those 360mm radiators?

HyperThreading: Should I Disable It?

21 July 2015 - 01:27 PM

I upgraded my machine from an i5 to an i7, specifically because it has hyperthreading.  I enabled hyperthreading, and now I see that I have, effectively, 8 cores.


The trouble is that most of my games and other software only utilize the four base cores.  The hyperthreaded core is not used.


So.  Am I effectively halving my CPU's potential because the hyper thread is not used?


If I disable hyperthreading, will each of the four base cores have an increase in potential, because the whole core is used?


What did I misunderstand about hyperthreading?


What are the pros and cons about enabling/disabling hyperthreading?