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Home Game Server
« on: June 09, 2018, 01:39:23 AM »
An expose of my oldschool game servar is forthcoming. Suffice it to say, it is replete with oldschool server hardware, ie, dual cpus, scsi drives, offloading nic on the glorious 64bit pci-x bus you've never heard of before, ecc ram, etc etc.

I've carried this thing through several states/moves and I just can't see tossing it in the bin no matter how new hardware outclasses it. When I had the bandwidth, it hosted cs1.6, T1 Ultra, T2, T3, and it ran lag free. Likely because of the legendary floating point power of the original Athlon XP cpus. An Athlon XP would trounce any P4 in floating point, even the slowest XP chip.

Consider the Athlon XP as a slow revving big block that redlines at 5500 with 300 horsepower and 670 foot/pounds of torque, where floating point equates to torque, while the P4 architecture is reminiscent of a small block that can rev to 10k producing 700 horsepower and 400 foot pounds of torque.
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CaseEnlightPSUEnermax 360W ATX
CPUSAMD Athlon 1600 XP x 2https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athlon#Athlon_XP/MPhttp://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K7/AMD-Athlon%20XP%201600+%20-%20AX1600DMT3C.html
HSFAMD S467 HSF with copper baseplate and skived aluminium fins.
MoboAsus A7M266-D Dual Socket 467 AMDhttp://soggi.org/motherboards/asus/A7M266-D.htmhttps://www.anandtech.com/show/645https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI-X

Ram2GB ECC DDRhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECC_memory
NIC
Intel offloading server nichttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TCP_offload_engine
SCSI HBA (Host Bus Adapter)Adaptec 39160 Dual Channelhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCSIhttps://storage.microsemi.com/en-us/support/scsi/u160/asc-39160/
SCSI Driveshttps://www.seagate.com/support/internal-hard-drives/desktop-hard-drives/atlas/Various 10k and 15krpm drives
VideoIrrelevant, but I think it's a Matrox, haven't opened the box in a while.


I know you're drooling for pics so will get on that soon.Here's a vid of the glorious sound of scsi drives singing the song of their people to keep you occupied;

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Re: Home Game Server
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2018, 01:44:08 AM »
WTF has the forum done to my urls?

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Re: Home Game Server
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2018, 05:58:59 AM »
I manually copied the links and increased my forearm size by 50%. EEC Ram sounds awesome, even though I have just heard about it from your post, lol. The hard drive video has ridiculous noise though (broken hdd), I searched for a better one:


Still, noisy as hell. I actually just sold an old 640 GB HDD because it had a slight humming sound. I can't stand loud constant noises, so it's fucking impressive that it doesn't bother you. But if you're just hosting, maybe it's sitting in your garage or something. Funny thing is how fast those old SCSI hard drives are. I still have two 5k rpm hard drives, never used a SCSI one.

And yes I'm waiting for pics, playing or hosting directly from a retro build like yours just feels awesome.
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Re: Home Game Server
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2018, 10:45:48 PM »
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