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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 Mac Pro (Intel Xeon E5) System (2014 - Present)

My second main development system is a late 2013 Mac Pro "Trashcan", which I use interchangeably with my Core i7 4770K Windows PC for all kinds of tasks, including programming, photo and video editing, gaming, and creative work. It also has the advantage of being portable. I use the Dell UltraSharp UP2715K 27" IPS TFT LED backlit LCD monitor with the Mac Pro, which combined with macOS Mojave's refined user interface, looks stunning and is a pleasure to use. The following openBVE add-ons are being developed on it:

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


The system in use:

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Intel Xeon E5-1620v2 (3.7GHz) [Ivy Bridge-EP (4 Cores), LGA2011, 22nm, 3.70GHz (Turbo 3.9GHz), 10MiB Cache]
12GB of PC3-15000 (1866) DDR3 SDRAM [ECC]
Dual AMD FirePro D300 [2x 2GB GDDR5 VRAM]
Cirrus 4208-CRZ Audio Codec
Internal Storage:
256GB SSD [PCIe]
External Storage:
SanDisk SDSSDHII-960G 960GB SSD [SATA-III 6Gb/s via Thunderbolt 2 connected StarTech S252SMTB3 Thunderbolt Enclosure, TLC-NAND]
Optical Storage:
ASUS SBC-06D2X-U x6 External USB Slimline Blu-Ray Combo DVD-RW (USB 2.0)
Dell UltraSharp UP2715K 27" IPS TFT LED backlit LCD @ 5120x2880 (5K)
Matias Wired RGB Backlit Aluminum Keyboard for Mac Space Grey (FK318LB-UK)
Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra Fast FPS Gaming Mouse
Power Supply:
Internet and LAN:
Broadcom BCM57762 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Operating System(s):
macOS Mojave (10.14.1)

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Content last updated: 10th April 2019