New Hardware Incoming!

I’ve got some really exciting hardware changes coming up which I’m hoping are going to help me along my quest to make better YT videos! I will be saying goodbye to spinning discs completely in my main rig and will be migrating to NVME for OS with the “old” SSD being the new recording drive for super fast writes to enable me to get bandwidth up and help with post recording cutting and shutting.

In addition to that there will be some sound upgrades which are probably going to be less of an impact on the videos but still. Upgrades are upgrades.

CHR CPU Upgrade

Its been on my mind for a while that the CPU in my CHR wasn’t setting the world on fire, it was great for what it was doing and it was low powered but as I start and do more with my CHR, maybe start to look at a dude server and do some more advanced packet marking and processing I wanted something with more oomph!

I’ve now upgraded from a Xeon E3-1220L to an E3-1270. That’s a boost in base clock from 2.2Ghz to 3.4Ghz and a big step from 2c4t to 4c8t. I managed to do a small amount of testing before and after and whilst the difference from what has been done is negligible at this point, I’m expecting that as I burden the CPU more it will withstand the pressure for longer.

Before upgrade;

After CPU upgrade, same ESXi settings so this is “just” the core speed improvement;

This is the performance after shutting the machine down and applying the additional CPU cores;

 

Concluding my testing, a 400Mb increase in pushing traffic to itself from the CPU core speed upgrade, nothing to be sniffed at I guess, the traffic was also a bit more stable at this speed as opposed to the previous CPU.

Changing the PC around

Well I’m in a completely different place to where I thought I would be right now. I was expecting to be super hyped over the new AMD Ryzen 2700X release but going through multiple benchmarks and early benchmarks the reality of it is that it won’t be that different to Gen 1. It;s going to clock higher certainly but is that as high enough to take the crown from Intel. No is the answer. It’ll be good but it won’t be the best.

So I’ve had to rebuild, the AMD has gone and in it’s place there is now a shiny Intel Core i7 8700K and the reinstall has been finished and I’m just awaiting opportunity to have a really good extended gaming session on it to get it bedded in!

I didn’t get many pictures from the rebuild but I am thoroughly happy to be back on team Blue!