Harge wrote:Source of the post HarbingerDawn, what is the current status of your old computer
Harge wrote:Source of the post what would you recommend for every pc gamer?
Harge wrote:Source of the post I also saw you built two other computers, what were their specs, and what were they meant for?
Harge wrote:Source of the post Also, why are you still using windows 7?
vlad01 wrote:I think it's age or use. I have only seen in on monitors from around 2005-2010 years of make but I only have 2 samples to go off. I made up the term as well. Google seems to agree as I found no pics of anything like it by that name or similar.
I love AMI bios, it's my fav, not a fan of that modern rubbish(the gui interface) and I wasn't a fan of phoenix bios either back in the day. This very board was phoenix, I converted it to AMI from the original Tyan variant to get better OS and CPU support and extra features. FSC rebranded the same board as theirs and put a rubbish phoenix bios on it, limiting it to win 2k and xp, new OS just BSOD and also it was limited to opteron 250 single core CPUs. I got dual core 290s which post date the 250s by quite a few years.
It's awesome! I love this Frankenstein super workstation PC that would of cost $15K+ in it's day, then I play games on it and stuff around, much satisfaction. I have just been playing with the Xonar card now with alternative drivers and C-media control panel.
The dolby headphone and virtual surround features even on my cheap old headphones sounds out of this world. So glad I ditched sound blasters.
I can't wait for the phoebus to arrive! that should be levels above this and I can run it on my daily PC.
HarbingerDawn wrote:A-L-E-X wrote:Source of the post What size do you guys recommend for hard drives?
Whatever size suits your needs, naturally.
vlad01 wrote:I just ordered a replacement stock BIOS from ebay for the Tyan variant. The boards from Tyan and Fujitsu are 99.99% the same just different bios, lacks vrm heat sinks and one enable like on the super I/O for the NIC is inverted at circuit level. The Fujitsu board even had Tyan written on it and has the same model number. These boards were licensed out to FC for one of their rendering workstation lines as an OEM part.
I found this with some research and decided I buy a stock BIOS chip to suit the original Tyan version and put that in place of the one on the Fujitsu. Works no probs except the NIC was permanently disabled because of the mentioned enable line difference. For this I just installed a PCI gigabit NIC and problem solved.
I have ordered a PLCC adapter for my chip programmer and I have tinkered with the BIOS using a AMI bios tool to unlock extra features in there for the fun of it. Mainly wanted OCing stuff, there is some but no FSB controls by the looks of it which is a bummer as I wanted that as the multi is locked upward on these CPUs.
A-L-E-X wrote:Source of the post Thanks, I was wondering whether it's better to have 3 or 4 smaller drives in the 1-2 TB range or one big drive.
Stellarator wrote:A-L-E-X wrote:Source of the post Thanks, I was wondering whether it's better to have 3 or 4 smaller drives in the 1-2 TB range or one big drive.
If I may elaborate, I think what Harbringer meant by "needs" is what exactly are planning to use the drive(s) for? Though I would not recommend it for digitally sanitary reasons, you could load load everything on one behemoth 5tb drive and set off on your merry way without ever worrying about storage issues again. That being said, I prefer to have one drive for each purpose: gaming, systems, business etc. It keeps everything nice and tidy and disallows potentially dangerous accidents like user-access violations by installed software. Plus, if one drive fails, you have emergency short-term back-ups.
vlad01 wrote:yeah all that uefi stuff now days. I like Asus for their bios. They have good OCing features and variety with their bios implementation, though their lower end boards are very hit and miss with weird bugs and broken features/functions.
Cheap Asus boards are terrible as of late, their high end is one of the best you can get (except the 9th gen intel, they are the worst this time) but the AMD versions are fantastic and top class, that is the high end versions.
I plan to get this board for the precision boost overdrive implementation. Just a few settings and the CPU self boosts to the max it can in all situation just like a nvidia GPU with good cooling. Asus did a great job as it, most other boards don't even feature this and others that do are more clunky getting working. The great thing is when 1 or 2 cores are needed they boost higher than typical clocks and when all cores it acts like a typical manual all core OC. So you get the best of both worlds. Benchmarks pit this feature slightly ahead of a manual over clock using the normal methods.
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Also this board has the best VRM design out of all current AM4 boards, so much so it's a waste even on water cooling. It's true calling in LN2 but still I would like it as I plan to upgrade the CPU on 3rd gen ryzen when it comes out and so a strong VRM is always good insurance if the CPUs are power hungry when OCing, no one knows if the core count will remain at 8 or not for the 3rd gen. It will definitely support more than 8 that's for sure when it comes to power delivery.
That all said I want it for the good bios mainly. Plus it's a good looking board with all the plastic covers thrown out and the PCH heatshink swapped out for a generic one, of course the VRM ones will have to remain as there is no generic replacements like once upon a time. I really hate the bling on PC hardware with a passion to the point I modify hardware to look plain and oldschool.
A-L-E-X wrote:Source of the post Also, no recommendation for whether the UPS should be turned off when the computer is off?