Posts Tagged hardware

Linux Hardware – How Well Has It Performed? Part 2

📅 July 3, 2017
Here are three more items that have stood the test of time:

Let’s compare how well they have performed over time with Linux.

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Linux Hardware – How Well Has It Performed? Part 1

📅 June 30, 2017
How have past hardware devices held up over time when used with Linux?

Time proves what works and what does not. Having used a variety of hardware with Linux, do these devices still perform today?

Here are a few devices that I have used used along with a few comparison notes between then and now.

 

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The Samsung 960 EVO 250G and Linux. How Well Does It Work?

📅 June 8, 2017
What? Your M.2 NVMe SSD is not fast enough and you want faster speeds?

I have had superb, speedy success using the Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD in Linux. Everything from system installation, booting, and everyday usage is a resounding success — even on a Z87-based motherboard.

With the release of the newer Samsung 960 EVO, would Linux performance be as good as or better than the 950 Pro?

Having finally acquired a Samsung 960 EVO 250G SSD for myself, it was time to find out.

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The EVGA GTX 1060 SC and Linux Mint 18.1

📅 May 30, 2017
Running Linux at high resolutions with fancy desktop effects works well on low-end graphics cards, but I wanted smoother performance, silent or near-silent graphics, and plenty of ports for different monitors. What to do?

Why, look for a new card, of course!

The latest 1080 line from Nvidia is overkill for my needs, but the 1060 is perfect. I wanted smoother desktop effects compared to the older Radeon card I had been using, and when I found the EVGA 1060 SC 3GB graphics card on sale, it was a must-buy.

Featuring lower power consumption, more cores, higher clock speeds, five ports to connect a variety of monitors, and favorable performance (in case my original plans on Linux are lackluster I can still use this card elsewhere), this 1060 card is a winner for my humble needs.

There are two versions of the GTX 1060: a 3GB version and a 6GB version. After pondering various benchmarks and reviews, I saw almost no difference between the two versions (other than the huge price difference at the time), so I chose the 3GB version. After all, it was on sale comparable to the cost of a lesser 1050, which only had three ports.

The real questions are these:

  • “How does the EVGA GTX 1060 SC perform in Linux Mint 18.1?”
  • “Is it easy to install drivers?”
  • “Does it even work at all?”

Here is my experience installing and using this card with Linux Mint 18.1 64-bit.

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Adventures with the Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler

📅 March 21, 2017
Whrrrrrrrr. Buzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Whiiiiiiinnnnnnnne…

Guess what? It’s a noisy CPU fan on a stock CPU heat sink. Can we do better?

Is an improvement available that results in lower CPU temperatures and near-silence fan performance?

One CPU cooler that I am impressed with is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. Whenever I build or upgrade a Linux system, I usually purchase one of these little marvels because it works reliably well with almost no noise.

I upgraded the stock AMD CPU cooler on a Linux system using an APU in an FM2 socket because it was too noisy and inefficient. What did I replace it with? Why, the Hyper 212 EVO, of course!

Here are some pictures…

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The Plugable USB 3 Ethernet Adapter and Linux

📅 January 25, 2017
eth01USB 3.0/3.1 is fast enough to accommodate almost any external device at full speed. This includes network adapters.

Need an extra RJ-45 network port on your system? Do you have a portable netbook or laptop that you need to plug into a LAN quickly?

The Plugable USB 3 ethernet adapter is a small device that allows you to connect a computer to a LAN through a USB port. It offers full duplex throughput up to gigabit speeds if connected to a USB 3.0/3.1 port. And best of all, it is 100% plug-and-play compatible with Linux.

Here are my results after using this device with Linux Mint 18.1 and USB 2/3/3.1.

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Asus Xonar DSX and Linux

📅 January 23, 2017
coverBuzzzzz. Whiiiiiine. Zzzzzzzzpt. Beep. Beep. Bi-bi-bi-bi-biiiiiip.

On an inexpensive, low-end motherboard utilizing an ALC892 audio system, these are the analog sounds heard through headphones when moving the mouse.

Dragging windows. Selecting portions of an image in GIMP. Moving the mouse cursor. Every time the wired USB mouse moves, electronic interference is heard in the form of annoying beeps and buzzes.

Would a dedicated sound card improve the existing motherboard audio? I was immensely impressed with the superior audio quality of the Asus Xonar DX sound card, so I thought I would try a lower-priced version: the Asus Xonar DSX sound card.

Here are my results with Linux Mint 18.

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