Understanding Cache, latency and bandwidth

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Building a fast system I have been asked on numerous occasions from the people who buy a new computer that they just want a fast computer. Over the years, I have always struggled with the terms of what exactly makes … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Breaking the mythical 3GB barrier using 8 OCZ Vertex 3 and a RocketRaid 2720SGL card

This gallery contains 17 photos.

Introduction Friday morning, phone rang. “Skoups, we have a serious problem, we need speed and we need it now! The budget is between R20,000 and R25,000 (about $2000 to $2500) and we need the PC by Sunday latest.” My first … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Skoups wooden PC case build

This gallery contains 27 photos.

Introduction Despite recommending and reviewing several high-end cases for clients and friends, I have never really invested a lot of money or time in my own personal case. It has been several years since I even had something resembling a … Continue reading

More Galleries | 4 Comments

18TB SQL and File Server

This gallery contains 80 photos.

Introduction The following build was commissioned for running SQL as well as to act as an office’s main file server. Access to the SQL programs is via remote desktop whereas file serving is over the network. The brief for this … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Networking a house

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Ver2.1 I was recently asked to comment on designing and building a home network.  Most of the articles you will find on the internet originate from America and tend to favor either multi-million rand properties, or wooden cabins, neither which … Continue reading

More Galleries | 1 Comment

RAID

This gallery contains 29 photos.

Introduction Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, better known as RAID has been in existence for several years. The reasons why most people would consider using RAID is that they need faster data transfer speed from the drives, require redundancy, need … Continue reading

More Galleries | 1 Comment

Asus Sabertooth meet Seagate Cheetahs

This gallery contains 23 photos.

ASUS Sabertooth, X58, i7-950, SAS Cheetahs and SSD Nova The following build was commissioned for the purpose of doing video editing. The system will be used in a production environment with stability, uptime and performance being vital. The end users … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Rampage III Gene, i7-950@4Ghz and a GTX470 build

This gallery contains 1 photo.

The following is a build done with the requirement that the PC should be capable to last for, and play games for at least 3 to 4 years.  The system should be stable, and the end user doesn’t want to … Continue reading

More Galleries | 1 Comment

Skoups 2008 Logic Puzzle

This puzzle does have a unique solution and it can be solved using nothing more than logic. In order to get you started, I’ll go through one or two questions, and show you the logic that can be applied to solve it. Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Puzzles | Leave a comment