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December 27, 2012

Intel Atom S1200 Centerton Server Processor Launch Notes

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Intel Atom S1200 server processor launch. The morning’s focus was on the current 6w Centerton generation Atom parts, but one could tell that there was a lot of room to go. As I was in the launch event, I posted both on the main site and in the forums. The event was attended by HP, Microsoft and Facebook as partners to talk about the architecture. The basic theme of all speakers was that this is a low CPU compute power, high density server play. Here is some of the highlights of what was not in the press release.

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December 26, 2012

DrayTek Vigor120 v2 Modem Review for ADSL and ADSL2+

Earlier this year we had a big thunderstorm, one very large bang later I discovered my Internet was out. A little investigating later led me to my old ADSL modem the Linksys AM300 had been destroyed due to the lightning strike. As a result, I tried the DrayTek Vigor120 v2 modem.

I’ve had the Linksys AM300 for a very long time, and I choose it as it had the best 1/2 bridge mode at the time. What is 1/2 bridge mode I hear you say, (very) basically it passes the Internet IP through the modem to the router. Normally the WAN port on a router would show the modem’s IP address and then the modem would sort the Internet IP address and DNS settings. This is very handy for [...]

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December 19, 2012

Supermicro Hyper-Speed Server BIOS

The Supermicro Hyper-Speed product line is innovative in that it can speed up two Intel Xeon E5-2600 series processors. Today we are looking at the specific Supermicro Hyper-Speed BIOS settings that allow the company to speed up the dual Intel Xeon E5 CPUs. In the consumer world, this type of activity is relegated to mostly enthusiasts. The Supermicro Hyper-Speed line is significantly different because the company pre-qualifies configurations and parts. The goal is to have these systems reliably deployed in data centers as well as in high-end workstations. One must remember that colocation remote hands can cost $200/ hour so these systems are geared to deliver reliable overclocking. [...]

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December 18, 2012

Supermicro Hyper-Speed Servers Internal Components

Recently a new Supermicro Hyper-Speed server was sent to STH for review. For those not familiar with Supermicro Hyper-Speed it is enterprise overclocking. Basically, Supermicro enables mild overclocks on their Hyper-Speed products. These overclocks are innovative in the data center because dual socket Intel Xeon E5-2600 series CPUs are multiplier locked. The Supermicro Hyper-Speed solution can handle 150w Intel Xeon E5-2687W processors and overclock them as well as overclocked DIMMs. The key here is that Supermicro picks parts and overclocks. It does so to validate that the systems will work in data center environments in a reliable fashion.

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