[PC-BSD Testing] Question about choosing motherboard for pcbsd 8.1 x64

Arthur Koziol A-Koziol at neiu.edu
Tue Jul 20 06:32:41 PDT 2010


Bill,

Argh, I did misspeak when I said there was USB 3.0 support. SB850 is 
still 2.0 and I forgot that the mobo makers are using 3rd party USB 3 
controllers. SATA 6.0 really only benefits SATA 6.0 SSD drives. Although 
there are though new hybrid drives coming down the pipe but I am 
skeptical about them. Thanks for the correction.

Arthur

> Actually, USB 3.0 support is not part of the 890-series chipsets, so 
> there's even less difference.  USB 3.0 doesn't seem to be supported by 
> FreeBSD yet, as I've just upgraded my motherboard to a Gigabyte 890 
> board and the USB 3.0 ports don't work.
>
> I'm not sure if SATA 6 work or not, but then again, similar to the USB 
> 3.0 situation, it might take a while before we can find hardware that 
> can make use of the additional bandwidth, so there's still some time 
> incorporate support.
>
> -Bill
>
> On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 6:02 AM, Arthur Koziol <A-Koziol at neiu.edu 
> <mailto:A-Koziol at neiu.edu>> wrote:
>
>     On 07/20/2010 5:07 AM, nr10232 at op.pl <mailto:nr10232 at op.pl> wrote:
>
>         hi.
>         I want to buy new motherboard - should i choose one with new
>         chipset (AMD 890/850) or older model which i tested (with AMD
>         790/750)?
>         I bought my m4a78t-e in 2009-march, but last issue (ahci
>         problems) was solved very recently (8.1-beta1 or 8.1-rc1 works
>         fine at last) and i don't want to have that problems again.
>         regards,
>         krzysiek
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>     Krzysiek,
>
>     In reality, there isn't too much of a difference between 790FX and
>     890FX save for USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 support. Hypertransport is
>     still at 3.0. The number of PCI Express lanes has gone up but that
>     shouldn't make any difference. The only difference is that SB850
>     updates the AHCI spec to 1.2 from 1.1. Although I have not read
>     the release notes on FBSD 8.1 yet, I don't know if they put in
>     SATA 6.0 and USB 3.0 support yet so my guess is the worst that
>     might happen is you'll be at SATA II and USB 2.0 level. We'll have
>     to wait and see. I too am waiting to update my ancient motherboard
>     to one of the nice Gigabyte 890FX boards out there and join the
>     21st century.
>
>     Arthur
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