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Published on January 10, 2018 By Frogboy In Personal Computing

I just got my new PC set up.  First new one in 3 years and it's a monster.

I mostly got it for the Core i9 which has 18 cores.  The reason for this is, basically, I compile a lot.  Most of my programming involves AI coding and that means doing lots of recompiling and running.  I highly recommend 18 cores for most people as it's wasted.

The other reason I wanted so many cores is for Nitrous/Cider work which is Stardock's new engine.  I want to make sure that Ashes of the Singularity and Star Control and Game X are all scaling up as you add more cores as this is a major part of our ongoing effort here.


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on Jan 13, 2018


Quoting Larsenex,

What is your storage? Are you using NVME? SSD? What sizes?

From what I see, Brad is using a Samsung 960 Pro 512GB, but it doesn't say whether that's a regular SSD or a M.2 of either NGFF or NVMe format. 

On the advice of Willistuder, I went with a NVMe version M.2 SSD as it will have better, faster results than a NGFF version.  Mine is also 512GB.


It is NVMe M2 no doubt. Afaik 800 series SSD were SATA and 900 are NVMe.

on Jan 13, 2018


It is NVMe M2 no doubt. Afaik 800 series SSD were SATA and 900 are NVMe.

Thanks for the clarification, Tim.  I wasn't even sure if it was a M.2, given there was no mention in the specs.  I need to read up more on modern hardware, me thinks.

on Jan 03, 2019


Quoting Kazriko,

I'll stick to my combination of a Ryzen 7 1700

I'm still assembling my system so would like to know your impressions and thoughts regarding the Ryzen 7 1700.  I expect that we have different hardware, but I'd still be interested in your thoughts on the CPU itself.  My Ryzen 7 1700 is mounted on an ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard with 24GB of 2666mhz Corsair RAM.

Oops, I haven't visited the forum and a while and came back to a bunch of replies.

It's perfectly adequate for my uses here. It roughly ties my old Opteron 6176x2 system on compilation despite having 1/3rd of the cores, and it beats the opteron on almost every other use case, and uses less than a quarter of the power. I think I'll be fine with this system for a long time. I might upgrade when 16 core Ryzens get cheap enough.

on Jan 04, 2019

Wow, this was a year ago...time flies. 

Meanwhile that "Toad" is not so uber anymore - if the rumors about 16 cores AMD Ryzen 2 CPUs at high clocks for mainstream platform turn out to be true, you will be able to get about the same performance for 1/4 price... crazy.