Gigabyte has a very interesting single LGA 2011 motherboard out supporting the Intel Xeon E5-1600 and Xeon E5-2600 series CPUs. Looking at the specs of this board, it looks to be aimed at workstation builds, with audio, and only a single GbE port. It can take a big video card and have enough PCIe lanes for a SAS controller as well, plus still a spare 4x PCIe and PCI slot. This looks to be a good general purpose motherboard for those that require a little of everything.
Moving up the stack to the fastest Ivy Bridge Xeon Intel has to offer, today we are looking at the Intel Xeon E3-1290 V2 which is currently Intel’s fastest Xeon E3 CPU coming with a 87w TDP, much higher than other Ivy Bridge CPUs but still 8w lower than the Sandy Bridge generation. Max turbo is boosted to 4.1GHz which like the 3.7GHz base clock represents a 100MHz increment over the Sandy Bridge Xeon E3-1290 V1 generation (3.6GHz/4.0GHz) and also makes this the fastest stock clocked Ivy Bridge available right now. Intel’s ARK lists this chip as the Xeon E3-1290V2 (no space) and for those wondering, here is the Intel ARK comparison between the E3-1290 V1 and E3-1290 V2 [...]
With all the PCI Express 3.0 capable motherboards being released lately both on the Intel Xeon E5 and Xeon E3 series sides, it’s time to use all that available bandwidth. The popularity of using SSD’s in RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10 to give high throughput has meant that the PCIe 2.x bus got saturated with data very quickly, especially since even consumer SSDs can push 550MB/s each. With the latest Intel Xeon E5 and E3 generations, the PCIe 3.0 bus has been moved to the CPU providing a higher bandwidth, lower latency bus than the typical PCIe 2.0 x8 electrical buses that are mainstream in the server industry just a year ago. The new crop of LSI SAS 2308 HBA cards hope to [...]
When building my latest HTPC, I decided that I would want to use the Apple Magic Trackpad as the mouse. The Magic Trackpad is small, stylish and works well as a pointing device to navigate HTPC menus. Personally, I use a Macbook Air 11″ daily so I am accustomed to using the trackpad and thought it would be a great addition. Apple’s lack of Blu-ray support turned me off of the Mac Mini idea and pushed me to build a Windows 7 HTPC, but I still wanted to use a nice trackpad. This guide will show you how to setup the Bluetooth Apple Magic Trackpad on a Windows 7 PC and get things like gesture-based scrolling working. Be warned, this is ever so slightly more involved than [...]