Mike Slinn’s Computers

Obsolete Bear Versions

Published 2022-12-29.

Version 5

Upgraded in June and July 2022.

Sabertooth x79 motherboards will not boot from PCIe, only from SATA. This seriously limits their performance.

  • Replaced worn liquid cooler
  • Increased the memory from 32 GB to 64 GB
  • Replaced the 3.5" hard drives with a SATA3 SSD drive and a PCIe 3 NVMe drive


SSD & NVMe Drive Benchmarks

I could only install one NVMe drive on the motherboard (WD_BLACK 4TB SN750 NVMe - Gen3 PCIe, M.2 2280, 3D NAND, Up to 3,400 MB/s - WDS400T3X0C), mounted on a Sabrent NVMe M.2 SSD to PCIe - X16/X8/X4 Card with Aluminum Heat Sink (EC-PCIe), which was inserted into one of the PCIe 3 slots.

This was a good match between the motherboard and the NMVe; even though the SN750 NVMe drive’s maximum transfer rate is double that of what PCIe 3 can deliver. The next cheapest model is an SN550, but its transfer rate is only 2 GB/s, which is 30% slower than what PCIe 3 can deliver, and it costs about the same as an SN750.

The other solid-state drive, a Crucial MX500 2TB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD, (rated up to 560MB/s - CT2000MX500SSD1) was connected via SATA. This slow drive really throttled the system, especially since this was the Windows system drive. All of the PCIe slots were in use, because the motherboard does not offer enough USB ports, and 2 USB expansion cards were used. Otherwise, another Sabrent NVMe M.2 SSD to PCIe card, paired with another SN750 would have really sped up the system.

CrystalDiskMark benchmarked the SATA SSD drive about 10x slower than the PCIe NVMe drive.

Version 4

Upgraded 2014 to an Intel Core i7 3820 processor, new motherboard, etc.

Over time, this version became nearly unusable, due to the inadequate transfer speed of the SATA3 hard drives. Booting Windows 7, and later, Windows 10, would take 10 minutes.

Version 3

Upgraded July 2012 to an Ivy Bridge i7 930 CPU, and moved the old parts into a new enclosure, called BamBam.

Version 2

Rebuilt using an Intel i7 and Windows 7 Premium 64-bit, later upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate.

Version 1

This computer was originally built around an Intel Core 2 Duo and Windows XP (32 bit) using an ASUS P5W DH Deluxe motherboard.