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  1. Since reviews aren't out, I can't say for sure whether the 1800x or 1700x is the way to go. The 1800X is supposedly a more overclockable chip than the 1700X, so if you're looking for maximum overclocks, then I'd probably go that route otherwise, I think the bang for the buck chip for AMD's initial launch will definitely be that 1700X. As for mobos with multiple M.2, generally you aren't likely to find motherboards that feature more than 1 M.2 slot, even on the Intel side. I know Gigabyte came out with one that has like 3x M.2 slots a while back, but that's probably the one board they made just to test the market. You'll probably do better with just a board with a lot of PCIe slots then just putting multiple M.2 expansion cards in to get what you need. I'm sure someone will develop a dual or quad M.2 expansion card with some PLX switches or something in it down the line as M.2 becomes more popular. They currently exist in the enterprise, but haven't trickled its way down yet. What are you trying to do with all those M.2 960's anyhow? Just curious. If it's capacity, Samsung has 2TB Samsung 960 PROs out. As for Optane, yes so far that's a Intel only feature and it's not even compatible with most Intel stuff. Either way, if you get a Samsung 960 PRO, I highly doubt a 3D XPoint caching solution will be much faster. Never had much faith in caching when it comes to these things. Go full solid state or don't. Go full 3D XPoint or don't. That said, I haven't seen any performance demos or anything for Optane, so that's just my 2c.
  2. Sure thing. Let us know how it turns out! :)
  3. The system looks very good. For the SSD, I would go with the Samsung 960 PRO if the budget allows and if you can find stock. It's significantly better than the Intel 600P. I would recommend the Intel 600p more for general computing rather than workstation. Slower and significantly lower endurance. If you're working with large 3D render projects, it will be a bottleneck. Aside form that, you can go lower wattage on that power supply. 1000w is massively overkill for a single GTX 1080. 650W would be much more reasonable and should be a lot cheaper. If you're not gaming on it, also consider a Quadro card. Also, the IronWolf HDD is designed for NAS use. Why not get the Seagate Barracuda? Same thing, no NAS oriented features for a lower price.
  4. Yeah, this thread is pretty old and the best cases article is pretty old as well. An update is definitely coming soon though. :)
  5. Are you referring to this article? If so, I just tested it and it built me a link just fine. Which ISO you trying to download? Windows 10? If it doesn't work, maybe try downloading the legacy version of the ISO downloader. Otherwise, you can always also go to the Microsoft website and go through their process to download the ISO and make a boot drive.
  6. Ahhh OK. Well, 890Mbps isn't that bad actually. With overhead, Gigabit LAN will already drops to about 940Mbps. That said, your system doesn't cost all that much more than an Atom or Celeron based one and it does give you future capability for adding more functionality down the road. The only cost is higher electricity usage. That did get me looking a bit though and I did find this HP ProLiant which is fairly cheap. Add in a Intel Dual NIC and maybe a SSD you're good to go for ~$300 total. I like the server boards since they usually have remote management. If not remote video, there usually is remote reboot, sensor monitoring, etc. As long as you've got clearance in the area where you're looking to place the server, it could be an easier solution. Just a thought.
  7. Wow that's going to be quite the powerful router/firewall. Those options you presented are all actually good alternatives to each other. I'd just choose based on pricing. Is this for a home or business? Are you doing anything else with this system? Reason I ask is because you can get a pre-built system like this for under $300. For home use it should be more than enough and be significantly more power efficient than the Intel Core i3.
  8. Sweet. That's an excellent build. Whats up with the 1000w PSU? Was it that cheap or you have some big plans down the road?
  9. Best Buy is currently running a promotion for a free copy of Watch Dogs 2 with the purchase of the Samsung 850 EVO. If you've been looking to pick up both, this could be a good choice. Link
  10. I just took a look at the MSI website and it seems like they're listing an older Windows 7 USB 3.0 Driver compared to the driver listed on Intel's website. Have you had a chance to try the Intel USB 3.0 Driver? The one on their site was last updated 8/1/2016. It should solve your issues. If you're already using the updated USB 3.0 driver, it could also be power management turning off your USB port. To fix that, go to Device Manager --> Double click USB Mass Storage Device under Universal Serial Bus controllers --> Go to Power Management --> Uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". You might have quite a few so go ahead and uncheck them all. Then restart your computer and see if you're still having issues.
  11. Hey all, it looks like Samsung quietly updated their NVMe PCIe SSD Driver to version 2.1 back in December 2016. If you have a Samsung PCIe NVMe SSD (Samsung 950 PRO, Samsung 960 EVO, Samsung 960 PRO), it's a good idea to update it. Looks like it improves power consumption and fixes an unsafe shutdown bug in Windows 8.1 and 10. Here's a link to download the new SSD driver. Here's a changelog of what's been updated. Rev 1.0 - Initial release version Rev 1.1 - Driver version update for USB compatibility Rev 2.0 - Support for 960PRO and EVO Rev 2.1 - Improve idle power saving on Windows 10, Unsafe shutdown bug fix on Windows 8.1 & 10
  12. I think DOOM is the big one for Vulkan. Not sure about any other game. AFAIK, Vulkan isn't super popular compared to DX12 which seems like it's going to be the major gaming API going forward.
  13. Depends on what you're looking for. Those are good systems though. At this point, there shouldn't be anything new coming out so it's a time to buy.
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  15. Yup. Like Tom said, it's an API that was formerly from AMD that was handed over to Khronos group. Nvidia adopted it into their driver packages a while back which is why it's showing up as an installed app on your system.