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  1. It is almost definitely down to the connection. Ports like HDMI and Display Port have changed versions over time. Usually the new versions improve the bandwidth the ports are capable of. The higher the resolution, refresh rate and colour level (8bit / 10bit), the more bandwidth that is required. Thats why if you are wanting to run 4k, 120hz, you need to be on recent display port or HDMI versions. You also need cables to match. I have a MacBook Pro for work. While it can't run above 120hz on its built in display, over Thunderbolt with an active HDMI adapter, it can run at 240hz.
  2. Powerline adapters can provide a lot of variance in terms of performance. They depend greatly on the quality and age of the wiring in your house. Can also be affected by splits in the lines, other devices, etc. If you want to isolate the issue, move your computer within range of your router and plug it in directly to test. I suspect the Powerline adapters are the cause based off my own experience with them. And there isn't much you can do unless you want to get your house re-wired. Would be many times cheaper to buy a wireless NIC or physically run an ethernet cable yourself.
  3. Parallels (or VMware Fusion) did exist for PPC systems. Whether you could find an old version would likely be the struggle. My family used to run Windows 98 in emulation using one of the aforementioned solutions on a B&W G3. While you can boot the system, performance is rather poor. You could probably get away with playing something like Warcraft 2 or the original Doom. But for a game that is recommending a 400mhz CPU, it won't have enough performance. Remember the specs are for a physical CPU at that speed. The emulated speed you will get will be probably less than half the sp
  4. Target sums it up well. Wouldn't look to make this any more complicated than you have to. Also, if you look at something like a Synology NAS for shared resources, there is a large number of apps that can be installed on the unit including tools for directory services, calendar servers, cloud sync/backup, and other collaboration tools. If you get a decent spec'd NAS, it can perform a lot of the 'light' server tasks you may want and obviously provide a central point for collaboration. Then all you really need is some basic laptops for the staff. Combine this with Office 365 or
  5. No idea's about how to do it without data loss. Would be trying to use the unit with another hard drive in it so that hopefully becomes responsive and you can factory reset it. One thing is for sure, if you ever manage to get the data off that drive, never use it again.
  6. Did a little upgrade to my homelab server recently. It's an X99 system and I recently picked up a Xeon E3-2678 for it (12c, 24t @ 2.5ghz base, 3.3ghz turbo), which is a nice step up over the 5820k I was using previously. At the same time I put it in a BeQuiet Dark Base Pro v2 with a new BeQuiet power supply. Mainly because I've wanted to play around with the case for a while and it was a bit noisy previously. Happy with how it turned out. Have been using this machine to run vsphere/vcenter. Completely wiped it and am in the progress of setting it up again to move from version 6.5 to version 7.
  7. Worth checking your network equipment and other devices. Some older routers and switches would change all links down to the speed of the slowest device on the network. E.g. If you were using one of these devices and everything was gigabit except one device at 100mb, the whole network would be slowed down to 100mb maximum. Not really a problem with modern devices in my experience but worth checking.
  8. If you only need two ports, this is the best option i've found. Netgear GS110MX https://www.amazon.com.au/10-Port-Unmanaged-Multi-Gig-Protection/dp/B076642YPN
  9. Came to ask the same thing. Thanks @imcaspar. Just got some Cat 6a cable run in my house, need to rest of the gear to support it!
  10. I know its not the type of product you normally look at, but would love to see a review of the new 'gaming' chair done in collaboration between Logitech G and Herman Miller. Considering buying one but it is a bit pricey to go in without some reviews to understand it better. https://www.logitechg.com/en-au/logitech-g-and-herman-miller.html
  11. One of the great things about the Synology units are the OS and applications available for them. Lots of options, very easy to use. However the spec's of the processor and RAM play a big difference in just how much you would be able to take advantage of extra functionality. The two units are quite different, especially when it comes to RAM. The 4 bay only having 1gb total, whereas the 8 bay comes with 4gb and can be expanded to 8gb. With the larger unit you get dual 1gb Ethernet and dual 10gb ethernet. Both supporting link aggregation. Now dual 10gb is going to be useless f
  12. I love this part. Wonder what the stance is on making your own cables? Guess my crimping tool is too dangerous. As others have said. It's probably just to protect idiots from themselves. Think you'll be fine.
  13. It is really hard to speculate given so many different factors that can impact these things. Most pricing went up when Covid started as the AUD tanked. The dollar has now got back to pre Covid levels, but it will take a while for that to pass through to us. I suspect the RTX 3000 series will be at least the same as the RTX 2000 series. As with most launches, you'll likely see higher prices initially when demand is high and supply is low. This will then go back down after a few months. And nVidia will most likely launch with the highest end SKU's first and the fill out th
  14. Essentially, any setup with enough PCIE lanes to support your SAS cards (and any additional PCIE devices) should do the trick. Available PCIE lanes are determined by the CPU and chipset. HEDT parts generally have more lanes available than standard desktop options. There is a good chance that whatever is in your gaming PC will perform exactly the same.
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