[svlug] motherboard recommendations

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Mar 21 22:47:42 PST 2006

Quoting Lord Sauron (lordsauronthegreat at gmail.com):

> Just wondering, but what on earth would you be using the mind-numbing
> power of a PCIe card for?

Maybe a RAID5 array:  Physical disks are finally becoming fast enough
that several of them pumping out together can render theoretical bus
limits no longer mere sales talking points for swaying the credulous.

E.g., I remember when ATA/133 was promoted as supposedly a huge
advantage, at a time when no PATA drive in real-world situations was
likely to even saturate ATA/66.  But suddenly some bus ceilings do
matter (for mass storage).

> Right now nVidia is making some really good chipsets.

Especially if you like proprietary drivers.  ;->

Me, I'd start by looking at the Asus P5WDG2-WS or comparable 975X
motherboards.  (Well, actually, no:  I'd keep using whatever laptop's
handy, with all real work occurring on my server box, reached via 
OpenSSH/screen magic.)

If I were a gamer, I'd probably feel differently.  
<tongue align=cheek>'Course, then I'd need that lobotomy.</tongue>

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