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November 29, 2012

Using a LSI SAS 2308 HBA and SSD in Windows Server 2012? Turn Write Cache On or OFF?

This weekend I was doing some work on the new ServeTheHome storage test bed. It is a very fast machine. Once I got Windows Server 2012 working on the Supermicro X9DR7-LN4F, I ran into some troubling issues. I first added five different SSD combinations onto the onboard SAS 2308 controller. Write performance was simply abysmal. Benchmarking on an Intel PCH is very easy, everything just works out of the box. Benchmarking on the LSI SAS 2308 controller is a bit harder as I have been spending more time tuning the system. One area was to change the write cache setting from the default on to the off setting.

Drives were all 240GB or 256GB in capacity. This is a decent cross section [...]

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November 28, 2012

Sorry Charlie: Why Intel Broadwell BGA is not the End of the World

This week the Internet has been abuzz about a SemiAccurate report that Intel’s Broadwell CPU is going to be BGA only. The immediate view of this is that the end of the era where users can tweak their PC’s. I don’t think that is necessarily the case and this article will go into a few brief reasons. First, Broadwell is going to be targeted at a segment different to that of the enthusiast. Second, higher-end server-like platforms will unlikely be BGA only. Third, BGA does not mean there is no room for things like overclocking. Fourth, the market will have changed by then.

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November 27, 2012

Rich Chomiczewski “Spotswood” Chassis Designs

Rich Chomiczewski or “Spotswood” is a community member known for making some cool PC enclosures. Rich is best known for his work on custom metal and wood enclosures. As I was in the throws of quad socket G34 reviews last year, I purchased three of his stackable 4P trays. Due to the lab’s focus on single socket systems in mid-2011 and a variety of other factors, the three units were neglected. They sat in a box for a year before they were finally put to use. One of the best things about the Spotswood design is that it is a solid open air test platform. As one can imagine, the test servers spend a good amount of time doing benchmarks. Prior to running [...]

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November 27, 2012

ASUS KGPE-D16 Review – Dual AMD Opteron G34 Motherboard

Today we are looking at the ASUS KGPE-D16 which is a very popular server platform for AMD Opteron 6000 series processors. This is also officially the first motherboard that we are adding an accompanying flyover video for. The ASUS KGPE-D16 is a dual AMD Opteron motherboard sporting two G34 sockets. With the new AMD Opteron 6300 chips launched, the ASUS KGPE-D16 now supports three generations of CPUs. The AMD Opteron 6300, 6200 and 6100 series in reverse chronological order. While the AMD G34 platform is starting to show its age, it also means that there are many CPUs to fill the ASUS KGPE-D16. Server pulls are common since many data centers upgrade with each successive generation. [...]

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