This week BYOB talks to Richard Gunther and Paul Braren on home automation. Be sure and check it to get three perspectives on it.
Well finished all the gyrations with Haswell and wrote it up on these posts. The punch line is that there will be some growing pains. Memory timings appear to be an issue just like the first gen Core I series. Mostly in the motherboard which is good thing. The Part 3 explains what happened. In summary, safer to run on 2 banks of memory till some of the BIOS tweaks get implemented. Affects several MFG from what I understand but I only tested 2 gigabyte models (2 each).
Part 1 - Problems
Part 2 - Success with the 4570S
Part 3 - Lots of pain but ultimately success with the I7-4770
Last night they released the Haswell motherboards and CPUs to retail. I have been waiting for this to upgrade my main computer and my HTPC and I just picked up two boards and two CPU's. Are you going to upgrade or wait this one out?
By G. WadeTech
I am building a new PC (this one is not going to be a WHS) over time and would like to see what the communities thoughts are. This PC will replace my current desktop PC. I will expand on things more as the discussion grows.
USB 3.0 external/internal
PCIe 2.0 x16 - 2 slots (for dual graphics cards)
CPU support for Intel Core i5
eSata internal onboard connector for existing PCI card
32GB Max RAM
Over Clocking ability for the Intel Core i5 Sandy Bridge Processor
PCIe 3.0 x16 - 2 slots
Touch Bios / Click Bios
Enhanced USB charging functionality (super charger) on Mobo
SRT - Smart Response Technology (this would be for a SSD HD later)
On/Off Charge Technology
Items I have:
2 - ATI Graphics Cards
Full ATX Case (Fractil Design Arc Midi: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352007)
System Hard Drive
Items I need yet:
Motherboard - Full ATX
Processor - Intel Core i5
16GBs of RAM
Recently decided to change my RAID array from a 2 array configuration to a single large array. I had a 5x2T=8T volume and a 3x2T=4T volume on my Highpoint 2680 controller card. As you know, a RAID 5 uses 1 parity drive for each array so this configuration would basically use 1 parity drive for each array for a total of 2. This means I would be giving up a total of 2x2T drives for parity. By making one large array I would have only 1 parity drive therefor gaining 2T in my total storage. After I deleted the smaller array, I used the drive expansion capabilities of the 2680 and changed the 8T into a whopping 14T single volume in one step. The 8T was 90% full and the process went without a hitch. Adding 3 drives at a one time took about 35 hours in high priority setting and still allowed me to use the server for my needs during that time. Overall I am pleased with this method and the performance is actually a bit faster than with the smaller volume. Here is a summary of the results I got when I finished.