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by andyb
Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24961

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

That's a very interesting test RE: the actual CPU speed required to top out the 120MB/s LAN throughput rate, and exactly answers my original question, obviously results will vary by OS, HDD and LAN controller, but 900MHz is still a very low requirement in this day and age. @Jay_S, My CPU is a 939 Pi...
by andyb
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:28 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC
Replies: 22
Views: 17896

Re: AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC

The one thing that I never expected to be missing from an SPCR review was the noise........

It's "SILENT PC Review" guys, please add noise readings, "The fan spun at a modest speed throughout testing, producing very little noise" simply isn't enough to go on.


Andy
by andyb
Thu Apr 17, 2014 9:58 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: why does FD-SOI have few backers?
Replies: 2
Views: 2783

Re: why does FD-SOI have few backers?

I will start of by saying that I know nothing about FD-SOI, or the reasons why Silicon On Insulator is not being used as much as it once was, royalties perhaps.? If FD-SOI gave a 10% power drop for a 10% price increase then that could be a reasonable tradeoff, not least because the general rules (to...
by andyb
Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24961

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

Re: point 2 above, do you need any redundancy in a server that you only turn on to dump data to/from? RAIDs redundancy maintains availability, which is sort of moot if you're turning the server off. Having witnessed catastrophic HDD failure personally more than once, and working as a computer engin...
by andyb
Mon Apr 14, 2014 2:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24961

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

I originally went for RAID-5 a number of years ago (originally with 4x 1TB Drives) for the following reasons (in no specific order). A single massive volume rather than several smaller volumes. Redundancy without losing as much HDD space as RAID 0, or 10. Better performance than a single drive. Prob...
by andyb
Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:22 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24961

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

What I mean is this: No matter which controller you end up using, make sure *ALL* your backup drives are on a different controller. If your controller takes a dump you still have your backups. As just a JBOD the highpoint isn't too bad as most of it is bypassed and you are mainly just using the mar...
by andyb
Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24961

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

Sounds good, but just make sure the MB actually has RAID. The lower end Intel chipsets don't have it. Assuming we are talking 1150 chipets (haswell), the Z87, H87 and Q87 have it. The H81, Q85 and B85 do not. I had quoted a B85 board, good thing you mentioned that, I had made the mistake of making ...
by andyb
Sat Apr 12, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24961

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

Thanks again for your help. I had a quick look around for that LSI card and it was either 2nd hand on eBay (I really dont like 2nd hand stuff) or it appears to be way more than I am willing to pay. I have however found this (possible little gem of a product). http://uk.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/HD...
by andyb
Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:35 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24961

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

I again thank you for your help. Washu, you missed out giving a critique of my "write" tests on both my RAID-5 array and single drives. "RAID-5 array scores a write speed of 125 MB/s, whilst a single drive scores a write speed of 80 MB/s." After having looked up a review of my now rather old HDD's (...
by andyb
Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24961

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

OK back to testing with a popular HDD test tool that also does "write" tests. RAID-5 array scores a write speed of 125 MB/s, whilst a single drive scores a write speed of 80 MB/s. So the two things that I never anticipated being the problem appear to be the write speed on my 2 single drives, and the...
by andyb
Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24961

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

If you want to run Linux then you should use mdadm instead of your highpoint. If you can set your card to just be an HBA then you could still use it for that. FreeBSD or FreeNAS with ZFS is another option, but you would need way more RAM than you currently have. FreeNAS has a nice web interface. Co...
by andyb
Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24961

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

When I bought that card it was one of a handful on the market that was PCI-E, PCI-E was a must as PCI is obviously deficient and PCI-X motherboards were insane amounts of money. This RAID card was significantly cheaper than the competition at the time and I lusted after other cards but they were so ...
by andyb
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:11 am
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Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24961

Re: Real-World file server CPU requirements

Thanks very much for all of the replies. I have installed and run Jperf. With the default settings I got 50-55 MB/s, I then (as suggested) ran it again with the "TCP Window Size" set to 64 Kb, and got a respectable 108MB/s which is exactly what I was hoping for. Next thing to look at is Write speed ...
by andyb
Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Real-World file server CPU requirements
Replies: 58
Views: 24961

Real-World file server CPU requirements

I have been keeping a close eye on the upcoming and now released AMD Kabini desktop CPU + motherboard combo to possibly replace my current very old setup. I have read a few and skimmed a few Kabini reviews. Sadly from my perspective none of the reviews have gone beyond the realm of general benchmark...
by andyb
Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR (EDIT: now 12 years)
Replies: 61
Views: 48515

Re: 2002-2012: A Decade of SPCR (EDIT: now 12 years)

Congratulations SPCR, and to Mike C. the founder.

Regards Andy.
by andyb
Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Pci-Express 6pin to 8pin, safe?
Replies: 2
Views: 2836

Re: Pci-Express 6pin to 8pin, safe?

Regarding the 6-8 pin adaptors, I cant imagine that they are NOT safe, after all lots of modern graphics cards come with molex to 6/8-pin graphics card power connectors and they also only have a single wire providing ground for the 12-volt line - saying that, I have no idea why the 8-pin graphics ca...
by andyb
Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:37 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Do cell phone calls really have to sound so bad?
Replies: 7
Views: 6296

Re: Do cell phone calls really have to sound so bad?

In my limited experience of the usage of cellphones and the opinions of friends and relatives that I have spoken to about this very issue there seems to be a concencus forming. Not withstanding a poor connection, or someone on a train or in a car there seem to be 2 "companies" (I have no doubt that ...
by andyb
Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Microsoft encourages piracy (and malware/viruses).
Replies: 4
Views: 3157

Re: Microsoft encourages piracy (and malware/viruses).

Many enthusiasts simply don't bother because you can upgrade your system often enough that you can no-longer reactivate your legal license, so many people armed with this knowledge simply don't bother, I am very much looking forward to looking at SteamOS as an alternative, as the only reason for me ...
by andyb
Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Microsoft encourages piracy (and malware/viruses).
Replies: 4
Views: 3157

Re: Microsoft encourages piracy (and malware/viruses).

I have been saying this for years, although its not "piracy" the use of this term is a deliberate attempt to make the "crime" seem far more damaging than it really is. Piracy is when someone hijacks your water going vessel with violence as the primary tool, followed by kidnapping and ransoming. "Pir...
by andyb
Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: House Selling
Replies: 4
Views: 3353

Re: House Selling

So if your possible buyers were rational the first method would net you a higher price. It shouldn't matter who pays the fees as long as the total fees are less. I think you missed the point of that, "the buyer" pays the fees rather than the seller, meaning that they have already paid a fee to buy ...
by andyb
Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: House Selling
Replies: 4
Views: 3353

House Selling

I am currently looking at estate agents ("Realtors" the other side of the pond) to figure out who I want to use to sell my house. With the first estate agent I have suddenly bumped into an unexpected issue, there are more than one way to sell a house. The new way (around here) is not the "traditiona...
by andyb
Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Question about PCIe x1 video card for PhysX purpose
Replies: 1
Views: 2230

Re: Question about PCIe x1 video card for PhysX purpose

If nVidia's control panel allows you to set a graphics card to be "PhysX" only, then thats exactly what it will do and you certainly wont need a SLI ribbon cable as they are only needed and only work with the same card (or family of cards). As for whether 1x PCI-E is enough, I don't know for sure, b...
by andyb
Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
Replies: 33
Views: 16982

Re: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD

The 840 Pro or Evo would would be my current upgrade choice if I were in the market for an SSD right now, although I am still exceptionally happy with my 240GB 830.


Andy
by andyb
Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Ceiling fan dimmable light bulb replacement (LED or cCFL)
Replies: 12
Views: 18753

Re: Ceiling fan dimmable light bulb replacement (LED or cCFL

Most people give no thought to their future bills, so instead of buying the light-bulbs that are the cheapest over the longer term (e.g. 1-year), most people simply pay whats the cheapest at the tills and then fork out a small fortune due to their very expensive lighting costs. IMO the best overall ...
by andyb
Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite: Budget AMD Ultrabook
Replies: 5
Views: 5362

Re: Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite: Budget AMD Ultrabook

Not sure if this helps at all, but I recently had the chance to play with an ATIV Book 7 (Intel i7 model), and in some ways was thoroughly impressed, in others barely. First and foremost, lets get W8 out of the way, I detest W8 in ways that most people cannot imagine, if your the same head straight ...
by andyb
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Elder Scrolls Online
Replies: 5
Views: 3065

Re: Elder Scrolls Online

Avoiding any specifics and obviously bugs that may or may not have been witnessed. Here is my take on ESO. I have not played may MMORPGS in the past but ESO is broadly similar to the others (e.g. Guild Wars), and this is what I like the least about ESO. What I was hoping for was much more like Skyri...
by andyb
Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Elder Scrolls Online
Replies: 5
Views: 3065

Elder Scrolls Online

Does anyone here have access to this weekends Beta.? I have and due to the NDA will not be telling anyone here (any detail) about it, sorry for that anticlimax. I was wondering if anyone else does have access and if so we could arrange ourselves to meet up in-game as a group. The Beta starts tonight...
by andyb
Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 22
Views: 13402

Re: Merry Christmas

I do enjoy reminiscing over past threads and the strength and prowess of the comments that have already been laid to rest, and that new ones are created to (perhaps) "reinvigorate" the older ones, nonetheless all new post should always be welcome in all posts regardless of how they are received by o...
by andyb
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Christmas is upon us (almost)
Replies: 6
Views: 3618

Re: Christmas is upon us (almost)

its high time for pagans to take back the holidays from the religious freaks I used to agree and i used to tell everyone just how "non-(insert middle-eastern religion here) Christmasy" most of Christmas is/was, now I am a little more relaxed having discovered (last year or maybe earlier) that most ...
by andyb
Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Christmas is upon us (almost)
Replies: 6
Views: 3618

Re: Christmas is upon us (almost)

I cant access the video......


Andy