You can use GTX 1080 Ti if you want with Xeon Hex Core
Yeah, but with GTX 1xxx you will lost Win Xp compatibility and Geforce 7 or ATI 8xx is not idea for XP gaming.
I do have two controllers, so I can have IDE on ATA and AHCI with SATA ports at the same time if I wanted to (I don't do it for potencial problems in DOS/WIn98 though). I disabled my ICH10R Intel SATA controller for DOS 6.22 OS.
Boards with IDE are better for retro build, but i have for now only Sata Board. My board also doesnt supports Bios Profiles - other flaw. Even six core Xeon is not officially supported i tried it and it works. Other good thing which i dont have that some X58 board are triple channel, some only dual channel DDR3.
I used i7 Extreme BOX'ed cooler on "Performance" profle :)
There is a "Quiet" one as well (just flick a switch on top ; […]
I used i7 Extreme BOX'ed cooler on "Performance" profle 😀
There is a "Quiet" one as well (just flick a switch on top 😉).
Also, with only one core used in DOS/Win98 and 2 cores max. on Win2000 - there isn't much point in using "Perf." mode or high end cooling. Still, a tower cooler with PWM fan is enough in most OC cases, and it can solve the "loudness problem" of the OC'ed system on XP or newer OS.
DO NOT BUY Core i7 980X/990X. get yourself a Xeon Hex Core (with 12MB L3).
They can be OC'ed just as good as my CPU, and are A LOT cheaper to buy than it.
Noise is relative - but with closed case, it will name any CPU and cooler combination with TDP bigger than 95W as silent, for 135W OC specially with OC i would recommend water cooling to get best experience. My board is O.E.M crapp so doesnt have OC at all.
I get my X5660 Xeon because was cheap and because it was only TDP 95W - i hate noise for testing, it was good enough, there are faster X58 Xeons with TDP 115-130 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xeon#3600/5600- … 2Westmere-EP%22) and faster clocks, but im not sure it they are supported by desktop board, im looking at your board cpu list and only Core i7 are there: https://www.asus.com/us/ROG-Republic-Of-Gamer … E/HelpDesk_CPU/. There is only 1 faster Xeon - X5698 - with 4.4 GHz that is significant jump from fastest Core i7 Extreme Edition 990X - 3.46G, others are 3.46 or slower - but im not sure if it get even to production because i cant find intel ark for it, it some info: http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/intel-ships- … xeon-x5698.html - and its only 2c/4c
Other thing is that some of other Xeons are only 4c/8t which is best for hardcore gaming, but for other things like virtualization it could be issue.
I checked some Gigabyte board CPU list:
https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-X58A- … -10#support-cpu Some Xeons are listed, but only line W36xx not X56xx. So me googling is need to even tell if they could run. Because of issues with O.E.M board which i already listed above, i would avoid them => result is that Core i7 x9xx could be really best choice, it is at least very good choice, not any ripoff.
Im also not sure how Xeons could be overclocked - there could be some lock, because they are originally expensive as hell and your paying lots of money for +100,200 MHz..
But regarding of these posts its possible:
https://www.reddit.com/r/overclocking/comment … cessors_on_x58/
https://www.overclock.net/forum/8-intel-gener … -club-1233.html
There is a downside to BIOS profiles :
You have to remember about them when changing OS, and it also requires a additional restart (to the one you want you need to switch between OS'es).
I had go to bios too (already) to select primary GPU - so i would tell that it is necessary step.. If you would be hardcore about remove additional steps, you could in theory have special disk for every OSes to select OS by Bios profile and avoid 1 more step - select OS in Boot menu.. But i would say that that bigger disk count could be annoying too - but maybe less.
In my Yamaha YMF 724E-V, MIDI works without problem when I use my Dreamblaster X2 card (connected with MPU-401 port adapter). I'm using Vortex 2 because it's easier to setup (and has driver for DOS all the way to Win2k).
If im not wrong, Yamahas had no internal header for Dreamblaster like board, so it would be a bit messy, because board would be outside of case, or you need connected it by ouside cable, inside the case and file some place for board inside the case.. Other solution is place DreamBlaster in some pretty case as other external devices.
Im now working on my Dos compability thread with Yamaha 744 - there is list of games which are not working, it would be really interesting, with your machine with Yamaha 724 would have some problems.. and also comparision with Aureal Vortex 2 - such games are working on this card and all games which are working on Yamaha 744 are working too.. and could find Dos compability winner.. I plan to buy my Aureal too, but it would take some time and testing is already time consuming.
Yamaha have DOS to Windows 7 32 bit drivers too, for now a bit won agains neccessity of switching inputs but using monitor soundcard for less import sound source for at the time.. Its not ideal some mixer board would be better, for testing and rebooting its good.
Im old goal oriented goatman, i care about facts and freedom, not about egos+prejudices. Hoarding=sickness. If you want respect, gain it by your behavior. I hate stupid SW limits, SW=virtual world, everything should be possible if you have enough raw HW.