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  1. You are right, the motherboard specs are confusing. Yes, x8 +x4 is correct. The 10th gen has three PCIE configurations for 16 lanes - 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4. Intel 11th gen has three PCIE configurations for it's 20 lanes 1x16+1x4, 2x8+1x4, 1x8+3x4, so 11th gen is the way to go. Intel mainstream processors have caught up to AMD Ryzen chips with this configuration. With the 10th generation Intel processors, I guess for a gaming machine where 1 or 2 GPU cards were required at x16, or x8 + x8, the two PCH based M.2 slots are to be used instead.
  2. Hi Dev, Just to be clear, here is what the specs say: Intel®11th &10th Gen Processors* M.2_1 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280/22110 - Only Intel® 11th Core™ processors support PCIe 4.0 x4 mode, this slot will be disabled for other CPUs M.2_2 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280/22110 - Intel® 11th processors support PCIe 4.0 x4 mode - Intel® 10th processors support PCIe 3.0 x4 mode So one M.2 slot is supported with the 10th gen, and two M.2slots with the 11th gen. Nevertheless, more ways to connect direct to cpu is great. W
  3. Mike, From what I tell with a quick glance the two ASUS boards below are essentially the same, with different plastic and metal bits. - Asus Motherboard Intel Z590, ROG Maximus XIII Hero.....$499.99 - Asus Motherboard Intel Z590, ROG Strix Z590-E...............$379.00 It is hard to believe there will be a difference in SQ between the two. The good news is that these z590 boards include the return of dual M.2 direct to CPU slots that went entirely missing with the z490 series. Also, the ASUS B550 AMD line dropped one of the two direct to cpu
  4. Mike, Which OS and music player are you running?
  5. What sad news. Alex was terrific, energetic and most always had a good sense of humor. We had many off line conversations over the years. I will miss hearing from him. Larry
  6. I've had a couple Optanes, of the dozens used here, get into an unresponsive state where they are no longer recognized. A warranty return to Intel was the only solution.
  7. Hi Marcel, The idea is to use the Optane as a boot drive not as a cache for a hard disk as originally intended by Intel. Here is the original description of this use case for the Optane for audio: Optane SSD as Boot drive - SQ Nirvana? - Disk Storage / Music Library Storage - Audiophile Style Just install or copy an OS on to the Optane and take it from there. It is the speed of the Optane on short bursty traffic generated in apps like Roon, or chatty OSes like Windows that improves SQ. These drives are at End of Life(EOL), so we need to find a su
  8. Did you guys use 1 gbps or 10gbps SFPs(+) with the Microtik switch? Which NIC card or device on the DAC side?
  9. Pareto Audio Listening Experience - Music Servers - Audiophile Style
  10. Hi Peter, My Adnaco sat on the shelf for two years until I figured out how to get the best out of it a year ago. Once done, this is the best sounding "can of worms" you have ever heard. But to each his own. Larry
  11. At the time of Hurricane Sandy our house in southwest Connecticut lost electric power for 11 days. A fallen tree took out the power leg from the pole to the house. We had my two elderly parents, my wife and I living in the home. My sister moved in with her husband and two kids as their basement was flooded. Temperatures plunged that week into the low 30s each evening. Having natural gas for heating and cooking, and town water and sewers meant that the only utility affected was the electric power. On the third day I heard a rumor that a truckload of portable power gener
  12. Hi Peter, Have you listened to the Adnaco USB solution with industrial 10gbps SFPs, high quality fiber and high quality power supplies? Done properly, SQ beats anything else heard here. Larry
  13. While not required, I always use the same SFPs at both ends of the fiber. And in my case everything is SFP+ capable. Have you considered a 10gbps switch for use with the Solarflare? I hear Mikrotik has a good one that is affordable.
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