I have just been reading and watching the reviews on the new Intel 750 and Samsung XS1715 NVMe SSDs. Very impressive benchmarks indeed. I run mostly AMD kit at home and as there are very few AMD motherboards with PCIe 3.0 x4 slots (the ASUS 990FX Sabertooth Gen 3 Rev 2.0 is the only one that comes to mind) I suspect I will have to wait a while. The motherboards for the next generation AMD Zen processors should include PCIe 3.0 x4 as standard by then and hopefully the price will have come down 😉

In truth, I find my AMD FX4350, FX6300 and Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processors still meet my needs admirably for both general productivity and VM hosting under VirtualBox and VMWare. Overclock any of those processors, give them 16 or 32 gigabytes of RAM and use SSD for the operating system and the performance is really quite fabulous for what I do. None of my machines are going to win any gaming FPS awards but then I never play games on them anyway.

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