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Development PC(s) and Network - Introduction



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This section of the website is for those with an interest in computers (both workstations and servers), networking, hardware and software. Here you can find out what systems I develop my routes on, and what components I've chosen for good performance in openBVE, BVE Trainsim or other applications. Apart from my first ever PC, I've assembled all my computer systems myself, as usually a much better computer that's suited to my needs can be built this way. You can also find out what software I use, what hardware I've developed my routes on, both currently and in the past, as well as see what kinds of add-ons I've been able to produce thanks to each new generation of hardware.

Within the Development PC(s) and Network Section:



The Intel Core i7 4770K System (2014 - Present)



My current main development system was built as a high-end PC for all kinds of tasks, including programming, photo and video editing, gaming, and creative work. The system received an upgrade in 2015 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti), and higher capcity and faster SSDs in 2016 and 2019 (Samsung 850 EVO 960GB and Samsung 850 QVO 960GB respectively). The system originally had three monitors (2x 24" 1920x1200 and 1x 23" 1920x1080). It now has an Asus PB279Q 27" IPS TFT LED backlit LCD which is a 4K monitor running at 3840x2160 resolution. It previously had a Dell UltraSharp UP2715K 27" IPS TFT LED backlit LCD monitor, which runs at 5K resolution (5120x2880), which is undoubtedly the highest quality screen I've personally seen on any system; this is now in use on the Mac Pro instead. There's no going back after using 4K or 5K monitors. The following openBVE add-ons are being developed on it:

- Birmingham Cross-City South v2.0
- Watford Junction to Rugby


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The system in use:

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The system being built:

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Desktop:

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Specifications



CPU:
Intel Core i7 4770K [Haswell-DT (4 Cores), LGA1150, 22nm, 3.50GHz (Turbo 3.9GHz), 8MiB Cache, Stepping 3]

Windows Experience Index: 8.2

3DMark 2019 (Time Spy 1.0) (Default Settings)
  • Overall Score: 4921
  • CPU Score: 3968
PCMark 10 (Default Settings)
  • Overall Score: 4761
  • Essentials Score: 8085
    • App Start-up Score: 9158
    • Video Conferencing Score: 7266
    • Web Browsing Score: 7945
  • Productivity Score: 6127
    • Spreadsheets Score: 7516
    • Writing Score: 4995
  • Digital Content Creation Score: 5913
    • Photo Editing Score: 6807
    • Rendering and Visualisation Score: 7763
    • Video Editing Score: 3914
SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2018 SP2c
  • Combined:
    • Aggregate Arithmetic Performance: 117.36 GOPS
    • Dhrystone Aggregated-int Native: 160 GFLOPS
    • Dhrystone Aggregated-float Native: 86.64 GFLOPS
  • Per Thread:
    • Aggregate Native Performance: 14.67 GOPS
    • Dhrystone Integer Native: 19.87 GIPS
    • Dhrystone Long Native: 20.13 GIPS
    • Whetstone Single-float Native: 12.3 GFLOPS
    • Whetstone Double-float Native: 9.54 GFLOPS
Cooling: Corsair H80 Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard:
Asus Z87-Deluxe-Dual rev. 1.xx, BIOS ver. ??? [Chipset: Intel Z87 Express, LGA1150 Socket, ATX form factor]
RAM:
16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro PC3-14900 (1866) DDR3 SDRAM [CL9-10-9-27, Dual channel, XMP]

SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2018 SP2c
  • Aggregate Memory Performance: 23.54 GB/s
  • Integer Memory Bandwidth: 23.36 GB/s
  • Float Memory Bandwidth: 23.73 GB/s
  • Memory (In-Page Random Access Pattern) Latency: [22.7 ns]
  • Memory (Random Access Pattern) Latency: [105.9 ns]
  • Memory (Linear Access Pattern) Latency: [5.2 ns]
Graphics:
EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 6GB GDDR5, PCI-E 3.0(x16) [GM200 (Maxwell) GPU, 28nm, 2816:176:96 (Shader : Texture Mapping : Render Output), Core: 1012MHz, Mem: 1753MHz, Bus Width: 384 bit, Bandwidth: 317.2BG/s]
[GeForce 419.35 drivers

3DMark 2019 (Time Spy 1.0) (Default Settings)
Graphics Score: [5139]

FurMark v1.20.4.0 (Preset 2160 4K/UHD, Time: 60000ms)
Points: [2089]
FPS (min/max/avg.): [34 / 37 / 35 fps]

openBVE framerates
(Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, 600m viewing distance, Anisotropic filtering (Smooth), fullscreen 3840x2160, AA: Off, AF: 16x):
Cross-City South v1.31 High Detail, Redditch, with class 323 3D cab: [~400 fps]
Cross-City South v1.31 High Detail, Barnt Green, with class 323 3D cab: [~400 fps]
Audio:
On-board Realtek ALC1150 High Definition Audio Codec
Logitech X-230 2.1 Speakers
Internal Storage:
Samsung QVA 850 SSD 1TB 2.5" SSD [SATA-III 6Gb/s, AHCI, Firmware v5.24 with TRIM, QLC-NAND]

ATTO Disk Benchmark (default settings)
Max Read Transfer Rate: [563151 KB/s]
Max Write Transfer Rate: [534199 KB/s]
Min Read Transfer Rate: [39581 KB/s]
Min Write Transfer Rate: [36899 KB/s]

SiSoft Sandra Lite 2018 SP2c
Read Performance: [514.51 MB/s]
Random access time: [10 µs]


Samsung SSD 850 EVO (MZ-75E1T0B/EU) 1000GB 2.5" SSD [SATA-III 6Gb/s, AHCI, Firmware vEMT02B6Q with TRIM, V-NAND]

ATTO Disk Benchmark (default settings)
Max Read Transfer Rate: [549072 KB/s]
Max Write Transfer Rate: [528936 KB/s]
Min Read Transfer Rate: [41216 KB/s]
Min Write Transfer Rate: [38272 KB/s]

SiSoft Sandra Lite 2018 SP2c
Read Performance: [517.48 MB/s]
Random access time: [9 µs]


Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" [SATA-III 6Gb/s (limited to 3Gb/s), 7200rpm, 64MB Cache, AHCI, NCQ, Firmware v05.01D05]

ATTO Disk Benchmark (default settings)
Max Read Transfer Rate: [120645 KB/s]
Max Write Transfer Rate: [104653 KB/s]
Min Read Transfer Rate: [6240 KB/s]
Min Write Transfer Rate: [8426 KB/s]

SiSoft Sandra Lite 2018SP2c
Read Performance: [102 MB/s]
Random access time: [8 ms]
Optical Storage:
Pioneer BDR-205BK x12 BD-R, x2 BD-RE, x8 DVD±DL, x16 DVD±R, x6 DVD±RW Writer (SATA)
Display:
Asus PB279Q 27" IPS TFT LED backlit LCD @ 3840x2160 (4K)
Input:
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum [Cherry MX Brown Switches]
Matias Wired RGB Backlit Aluminium Keyboard (FK318PCLBB-UK)
Logitech Hyperion Fury G402 Mouse
Saitek Cessna Licenced Pro Flight Yoke and Throttle
Case:
Corsair Obsidan 750D [Black]
Power Supply:
Corsair AX860i ATX12V v2.4 860 Watts Modular PSU [80 Plus (Platinum), +3.3V: 25A, +5V: 25A, +12V: 71.6A]
Internet and LAN:
Intel X540-T1 10GbE 1 Port PCI Express Network Adapter Card [PCIe 8x]
Onboard Realtek 8111C Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Operating System(s):
Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit (1809 "October 2018 Update")



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Content last updated: 10th April 2019