[svlug] motherboard recommendations

Lord Sauron lordsauronthegreat at gmail.com
Wed Mar 22 11:46:38 PST 2006

On 3/22/06, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> 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.

Yes, most of the time I tend to forget that PCIe/AGP isn't just for
graphics.  I work mainly on desktops for home and personal use.  You
should have seen my eyes pop out when I first saw a PCIe x16 NIC...
that thing was HUGE!

> 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>

hey, I'm working on kicking the habit!  Then again... the "stability"
of Windows is making gaming increasingly more difficult...

Gaming does end up being a semi-addicting thing.  I won't say it's as
addicting as some other bad behaviours, but it is something that you
must understand is hard to kick.

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