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About Wildling

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    Portable GAMING Unit :
    AMD FX55, 2GB Geil DDR-433 Platinum Edition, MSI K8N Neo2 PE, Sapphire x800 XT PE (modded from vivo Pro), Audigy 2 ZS, 2 x 74GB Raptors RAID0, Enermax 385W Coolergiant PS, NEC ND-3520A SV DVR-RW/DL, Antec Super Lan Boy.

    2 x AMD Opteronx2 Dual-Core 275 Italy (2.2 GHz) 2,128KB Cache, TYAN Thunder K8WE (S2895SCSI) Dual Opteron SLI (2 x 16X PCI-E), 8 x 1 GB ECC DDR-434, 2 x BFG GeForce 6800 ULTRA PCI-E 512MB GDDR-3, ATI HDTV Wonder 550 ChipSet, SB Audigy-4 Pro, Hard Drive (Boot OS) 4 x Seagate Cheetah 147GB 15,000rpm U320 SCSI (RAID 0), Storage Drives - 4 x 300 GB Maxtor SATA-II MaxLine III 16MB Cache (RAID 0+1), NEC ND-3520A SV DVD 16x +/- 4x Double-Layer OEM, BenQ DW1625 - 16x +/- 4x Double-Layer Light Scribe, Mitsumi Internal USB 2.0 Floppy/7-In-1, 2 x 850 Watt Redundant Slim Alpha Power Supplies, Koolance PC3-720SL Professional Line Case (Liquid Cooling) (Both CPUs, HD

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    Ontario, Canada
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    Designing, Building, Modding, and Repairing Computers. Beta Testing Hardware and Software. BBQing and Cooking. Electrical and Electronics. Farming.

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  1. A very large Power Supply indeed. This bad boy is geared towards users with near server class parts. However, MultiProc Servers usually use Redunadant Minirack Powersupples in pairs of 2. As they balance the load amongst the 2, and if one fails, the other takes on the full load until a replacement is hot-swapped. Even with the high reliability of a PC Power unit, go with redundants on a server. As for this 1 KiloWatt PS, it's a bit different than the 850 SLI. The 1 KW has 3 x 12 volt rails of 2 x being in the split of the 3rd rail. The 850 SLI has 4 x 12 volt rails. Normally, the more power your powersupply has to offer, the cooler components will be as they won't have to compete for power. But once you get into the +600 watt level, it's like an amplifier, you actually have to use a certain percentage of the power or risk fluctuating voltage. For example, an 850 SLI from PCPower must have atleast a constant 300Watt draw on it to run properely. This 1 kw unit will require more. So if you have a power hungry CPU, lots of memory, +10 Hard Drives (atleast 200GB each), and a +6800 or 7800 or two, and several case fans; then yes, you can consider this PS. But for an average system, I wouldn't recommend it. Try the PC Power 510 SLI if you want a PC Power one. The Antec TrueControl II 550 are pretty good, or an OCZ, or Enermax EG565P for Enermax Fans.
  2. For BigRed; I can try to help with some information and clarification. Opteron uses 3 buses Hypertransports which can be connected directly to another processor or core that is to say with a chip managing the PCI-E or the AGP. The Hypertransports also provide direct access from core levels to memory through the onchip memory I/O (integrated Northbridge). Opteron is dedicated server PC and is declined under 3 versions: 100, 200 and 800 (respectively of 0, 1 and 3 buses processors which can be used for machines using 1, 2 and 8 Opteron). Each version is declined in various speeds. Integrated HyperTransport Controller: HyperTransport is a bus of communication inter-bridge making it possible the various "bridges" of the motherboard to communicate together. It uses a data bus to evolutionary and variable band-width. It thus contrasts with the other standards of lower generation, like V-Link of VIA or MuTIOL de SIS which functions in client/server mode. AMD will be changing their Athlon64 product line to include an integrated DCII controller (Support for Dual-Channel DDR2 667 memory). The company will consolidate its current Socket 939, 940, and 754 into two all new sockets in spring of 2006. AMD is pushing hard as INTEL has already started work on their DDR3 memory supported chipset. I can
  3. I just wanted to re-assure that this is a good board, and a much cheaper solution for getting dual PCI-E 16x, over Tyan's $600 K8WE Opteron Board and thus having to use costly ECC for it. However, Opteron Processors offer a much better punch over Athlon64's and cost less. But that's not the question here. We are lucky to actually a consumer class ChipSet from nVidia to support dual 16X PCI-E. Dell put a little pressure on nVidia to come up with a full speed SLI solution for use in Dell
  4. The components you have listed like the Hard Drives, Optical Drive, etc will use little power when running. For example, a typical 200 GB HD will use around 10 Watts, however, during system startup and initialization, the HDs will draw about 2 to 3 times as much for spin-up surge. The Optical Drives don't go through this stage, so their power demand is nominal at around 12 to 18 watts. DVD Burners while in write mode will demand up to 45 watts. The mobo will like at least 200 Watts for its Memory, CPU, Audio, VidCard and other components. Most Mobos have extra power headers to get extra power from the PowerSupply. A common auxiliary connector is the P4 Molex (not Pentium 4, but 4 pin molex) in the shape of a square (2 x 2 Pins). This connector on the Athlon Boards provides extra power to the CPU's voltage regulation circuit. Some mobos also include a secondary auxiliary connector called the EZ-Plug. This connector looks like the 4 pin power header on the back side of a CD-ROM/HD. This connector is not to be confused with some older motherboards that offered this type of connector for Power Supplies that didn't have the square Molex Power Plug for a mobo. The EZ-Plug provides additional power to the AGP/PCI-E BUS for VidCards that tend to draw more power than the mobo's bus can offer. For an Athlon 64 3200+, 1 GB memory, x800 (less power demand than the 9800 series), 5 HDs, 4 Fans (depends if the fans are low or high RPM - higher drawing more power); a solid 450 watt. Avoid Generics, ie 500 Watt for $30. They are no way near their advertised power. As well as their voltage regulators are a joke. And when they burn out, they usually let the line current (120V) hammer through the system as they have no TripCups that break the failed circuit. As to a Brand, there are several. There are also different types. For you with all your HardDrives, I would suggest a Dual-Rail Power Supply. A multi-rail PowerSupply refers to the number of 12 Volt rails it has to offer. The most common voltage used in your PC is +12volts DC. Your mobo will use it; almost all the fans running full out will use +12 vdc, your HardDrives, your Optical Drives, and several voltage regulators on your mobo. An electric motor is like a small generator and will actually, induce voltage fluctuations back into the 12 line it uses. Motors aren't sensitive to these little spikes. However, logic components, like those on your mobo will be sensitive. The more influx form these motors, the more likelihood of system failure, data flow corruption or even component failure can occur. So, Power Supplies with Dual or Multiple Rails refers to more than one 12 volt rail. One rail can feed your drives while the other is in the ATX Molex header and the Auxiliary line from it. That's why it's not good to connect fans to that auxiliary line designed for mobo connection support. So, consider a Dual-Rail ( 2 x 12 volt rails) Power Supply in the 450 Watt min. range. As to a brand; PC Power Make Pretty much the best, but for a price. Antec make some very solid models, ie TrueControl 550. Enermax isn't bad as they have a good life span. Most +550 watt PS will get warm, but most have a variable fan switch to help with that. They'll run either hot and quiet or cool and a bit noisy. Considering a PowerSupply in your computer like a good Power Bar for your Electronics. It's not just there to provide Power Taps for devices plugged into it, but clean power that will not harm your valuable components.
  5. Depends on what you want your system to do and what it will be used for, is usually the big question. For games, well the investment into the Athlon64 architecture will rock. For MultiMedia Applications, it use to be the Intel P4 with its Hyperthread. But if you would like to have a CPU that will run a bit cooler than Intel's Hot Prescott NetBurst S775, than I would suggest a "True" Dual-Core Athlon64x2 4400+ or 4800+ if you want your system to rock. As for Server Class, Heavy Calculations, well Intel has lost out there. Their Xeon Dual-Cores are nothing when compared to AMD's Dual-Core Opteron 200 series. Lets see 4 Quad Pumped Pipes of 200 Mhz, maybe even 266 if they make it out for the INTEL P4 architecture. And then there's a generous 1 GHz HyperTransport with 2 more at 200 MHz for the Athlon64s and a whopping 3 x 1 GHz HyperTransports for the Opteron. I basically grew up with Intel CPU's from the 8086. I tickered with some AMD 486DX2-80's when they came out, but stayed with Intel because, hey, they have the market share, so they must be the best. LOL. When I made the change a few years back, I never regretted it. AMD all the way! Basically the only way to see the difference is to try it. Try taking out you AGP vidcard from your P4 (lets say it's a 3.0GHz and toss it into an Athlon64 class AGP mobo, like the MSI K8N NEO2 PE and use an Athlon64 3500+ (Only a 2.2 Ghz). Your Aquamark, 3D Mark and other benchmarks will be much higher. The AMD 64 Bit architecture does a remarkable job with managing a 32 Bit OS. It's Registers are twice the width as well as twice as many. On-Chip System Memory controller (Being modified to DDR2 and changed to Socket 940 in Spring of 2006) does an amazing task of practically accelerating everything that goes through it. When making a change, make sure you get parts that can work with one another. The biggest problem to system failure with new parts are sometimes the smallest; like incompatible memory. Not all tests can reveal that. And when making a change, the worse is when the parts don't work with one another, and you go back to your old architecture in frustration and then preventing yourself and maybe even others from trying another.
  6. Very nice Board if you have 2 identical PCI-E VidCards for SLI and you want them to get their full bandwidth of DATA. The ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe currently only comes in the Deluxe model. The "32" in the name is for two 16x PCI-E running at full speed. The board uses nVidia's updated nForce-4 Ultra Chipset which are a Dual-Chipset solution that offers 40 PCI-E Lanes as compared to 24 on the original nForce-4 chipset. This is nearly the same chipset as that used on the TYAN K8WE Dual Opteron64 Server Mobo. The ASUS board offers extra Power Headers for the use of adding extra Power to it's PCI-E cards. A total of 2 extra headers providing an additional 200 watts to the mobo. The mobo is of coarse the ATX 2.0 protocol with it's 24 Pin ATX header. A very gernerous assortment of cables and connectors is also included with the Deluxe version. Other companies will start to release their Dual PCI-E 16x (Full Speed) soon. This chipset was only released to OEM a little over 6 weeks ago for the socket 939.
  7. No Problem with a SATA I drive connecting to a SATA II controller, and even vice versa. The SATA II headers on a Mobo use a socket instead of a the plain old mini-edge connector. The cables offer a notch to prevent the cable from possibly slipping off from vibration or what not. These cables can be used in either connector type (SATA I or II). The nice thing with your SATA II controller is that it will have NCQ support for any drive that has such a feature, including SATA I drives like some Seagate models that have NCQ (A SATA II feature) capability on a controller supporting that feature. There weren't too many SATA I controllers that offered NCQ. For NCQ on a harddrive to work, the controller requires the support too. Try to find a mobo with its SATA II controller integrated within the chipset. The controller's performance will be top notch as it won't be on the slower PCI Bus as with add-on, integrated controllers.
  8. Wildling

    Hi There.

    As to do I fold? I was with the WCG (World Community Grid). Just switched over to the OCC team [email protected] I had a bit of an issue trying to get the OCC's version to install on my DualCore Opterons. Kept getting an error when it was trying to download optimization software. Anyway, I had to use v5.03, and it works. Only, I find, alot of this software is designed for the consumer class computer in mind. It doesn't seem to use multiple threads. I actually use the bigger system for Beta testing (Software & Hardware), number crunching, hosting games, oh, and playing games. Thanks for the warm hospitality. A friend on Planetside told me about this site. It looks pretty awesome.
  9. I was unable to Install the OCC version of [email protected] on my Dual Core Opteron. Couldn't seem to download a file from OCC. The version (5.03) I downloaded from [email protected] would install and work, but doesn't utilize the multiple cores or HyperTransports. I have an older INTEL P4 2.8 Prescott that uses the OCC version well. I was on the World Community Grid, and even there software doesn't utilize multiple cores.
  10. Wildling

    Hi There.

    Just like to say hello to everyone.
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