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  1. Thanks, I was hoping some of these might be appropriate for a retro-gaming rig I have - an HD 4670 would do! There were no descriptions, but the whole lot was less than the cost of a pizza
  2. Trying to identify these, but can only make out the FireGL and Quadro cards. Looks like some kind of workstation Radeons in the mix... But what is that blue HIS card? Consider it a challenge Thanks!
  3. Just thought I'd close this out. Xeon e5-2690 is now installed and it simply booted up normal. Interestingly, the BIOS detects the CPU's TDP as135. Runs at 32C idle (didn't stress it yet). VRM is cool to the touch. Thanks everyone!
  4. Perfect. Last question. Is it a bad idea to mix different drives in an array i.e. four 6TB drives with different cache sizes or even different RPMs? I'd imagine using different brands might help ensure they don't go bad simultaneously ... Thanks!
  5. Thanks! As for what the server will be doing - simply holding a few TB of media, including my Steam library. Regarding flashing the RAID card's firmware - I'll look this up as I'm sure there are plenty of guides, but is this reversible? Also, RAID 1 supports only two drives, yes? I'd best opt for RAID 6 or 10 if going with 4 drives... use parity instead of mirror? Basic questions, I know, but, never setup a RAID/NAS before.
  6. So, I've been interested in evolving my data storage and complimenting backups with some sort of disk redundancy. Now, I'm not really experienced with this sort of thing and could use some direction on the best route to take i.e. FreeNAS, etc, In particular, I've this PERC H310 card I got out of a Blender workstation that features an LSI 2008 chip (https://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/pvaul/en/dell-perc-h310-spec-sheet.pdf), and am wondering if I should aim to use it as is in a RAID 1 configuration or flash it with LSI bios for use with FreeNAS. Again, not really sure what the pros and cons are here. For now, I'm thinking a two disk mirror though also entertaining a 4 disk setup. Im not so much looking to boost performance so much as ensure good redundancy. Any advice? Thanks!
  7. This is an interesting tool! I didn't realize changing/bypassing the allowable TDP could be done so easily with software. Hopefully it will POST! I'll test things out this weekend and report.
  8. The board im currently using is a Dell 8HPGT workstation board, which Dell claims in compatible with processors up to 130w. https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/sln290703/the-hardware-specifications-for-the-precision-t3600-desktop-workstation?lang=en It's an annoying board that required me to re-pin an ATX power supply to accommodate its strange standard. That said, its been a good Blender (and secondary gaming) machine and extremely stable. I've also an Asus board but its got some damage to its socket, so I am thinking of buying one of these cheapos if I must: https://amzn.to/2REjoEE. Thanks everyone!
  9. I would second this recommendation if you aren't interested in RTX support. Just seems like a better value. The 8GB of VRAM will do well for VR. Also double your RAM if you can.
  10. I replaced a Xeon E5-1620 with an E5-2690 and just realized the new CPU exceeds my motherboard's TDP by 5 watts. Is this a big deal assuming good cooling? Seem like the equivalent of a modest overclock, but figured I'd ask as these LGA2011 boards are surprisingly expensive. Assuming all is stable, should I try to place some kind of heatsink over the VRM? Thanks!
  11. Thanks! I so rarely take this notebook out that I forget the whole battery thing. It makes sense that MSI would have done all they could to optimize it. Can I change the max wattage in XTU or is that ill-advised on a notebook? Also it does run a little warm 85C stressed... I undervolted the cpu core by 50mA and got it down to 77C though my score worsened by another few points
  12. Disappointed after running Cinebench and seeing identical hardware performing better... after all, its a well reviewed MSI notebook. So, why the discrepancy? I believe Cinebench is a CPU only benchmark so graphics card shouldn't matter. RAM? I assume overclocked chips would include their actual clock speeds or would still show up under their stock names? Ran another benchmark within Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility and got 989. This time I noticed that although no thermal throttling, I did get "power throttling". Not even sure what to make of that on a notebook...
  13. Not sure if this helps but I found a Xeon E5-2690 around - its an 8 core, so perhaps Ill get more out of a graphics upgrade with it? My only reservation is the TDP is 135 and my board seems to have been rated for 130. Any thoughts?
  14. Had the crazy idea to upgrade my 1997 IBM Aptiva - my first childhood computer (there's video coming...) and my hands are dry and scraped up as if I were working construction all day... what's up with 90's chassis metal? You know... that gray metal they sprayed primer on but nothing more. Love that beige BTW - thank you Germany...