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    Default Upgrading the Hardware

    The small desktop machine was assembled in 2014 using budget retail components:

    While the disks had already been upgraded the system lagged in speed compared to the bigger machine. I upgraded to the following components:

    Vendor's choices of the above come with substantial discounts. The Ryzen 5 3400g budget processor is on par with the 2015 top desktop processor i7 6700K: https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare...00G/2565vs3498
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    Switching the display from 1920x1200 to 3840x2160 forced switching from 60 Hz to 30 Hz. An upgrade resulted in:

    Code:
    erlangen:~ # inxi -aG
    Graphics:  Device-1: AMD Lexa PRO [Radeon 540/540X/550/550X / RX 540X/550/550X] vendor: Sapphire Limited driver: amdgpu 
               v: kernel bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 1002:699f 
               Display: server: X.Org 1.20.9 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: amdgpu,ati unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa 
               display ID: :0 screens: 1 
               Screen-1: 0 s-res: 3840x2160 s-dpi: 144 s-size: 677x381mm (26.7x15.0") s-diag: 777mm (30.6") 
               Monitor-1: HDMI-A-0 res: 3840x2160 hz: 60 dpi: 154 size: 632x360mm (24.9x14.2") diag: 727mm (28.6") 
               OpenGL: renderer: Radeon RX550/550 Series (POLARIS12 DRM 3.39.0 5.9.8-2-default LLVM 11.0.0) v: 4.6 Mesa 20.2.2 
               direct render: Yes 
    erlangen:~ #
    "Hot on the heels of the release of the Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 launched earlier this week, AMD have released a new Polaris 12 GPU, the Radeon RX 550. It is a sub-$100 entry level GPU, targeted at those who want an inexpensive, low profile, low power and low performance component for mini desktop PCs or a minor upgrade on integrated GPUs."

    https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compar...0/m33102vs3925

    Steps performed:

    1. removed side panel and slot cover
    2. plugged in the graphics card
    3. put back the side panel
    4. moved the HDMI cable from the main board to the graphics card


    Upgrade from the 6700K's GPU to the Radeon RX550 worked without any tinkering; a pleasant experience!
    AMD Athlon 4850e (2009), openSUSE 13.1, KDE 4, Intel i3-4130 (2014), i7-6700K (2016), i5-8250U (2018), AMD Ryzen 5 3400G (2020), openSUSE Tumbleweed, KDE Plasma 5

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    Talking Re: Upgrading the Hardware

    Karl, it may pay to include the procedure needed to replace the system's drive(s) with newer devices – more disk space – fewer ECC reports in the SMART output …

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcurtisfra View Post
    Karl, it may pay to include the procedure needed to replace the system's drive(s) with newer devices – more disk space – fewer ECC reports in the SMART output …
    Whenever a component fails you replace it and you are done. However when a SSD or a HDD fails you got a problem. Uncle Carey tells you all: There Is No Such Thing As Back-Up Overkill! How I Protect My Client's Data.

    When it comes to upgrading your drives ATX main boards with their two M.2 and six SATA 6Gb/s connectors give you maximum flexibility at minimal costs.
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    Default Re: Upgrading the Hardware

    Quote Originally Posted by dcurtisfra View Post
    Karl, it may pay to include the procedure needed to replace the system's drive(s) with newer devices – more disk space – fewer ECC reports in the SMART output …
    Replacing HDDs by SSDs is highly rewarding and the most efficient upgrade for nearly every system. SATA SSD technology has matured and virtually every brand and model will give excellent performance at a moderate price. I prefer copying with rsync to cloning partitions.

    The main board worked well with all distributions installed. However openSUSE Leap and Tumbleweed failed to suspend to RAM. Thus I sold it and bought a new one:
    Code:
    3400G:~ # inxi -zM
    Machine:   Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: PRIME B450-PLUS v: Rev X.0x serial: <filter> UEFI: American Megatrends v: 2409  
               date: 12/02/2020  
    3400G:~ #
    Many thanks for hinting!
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    Default Re: Upgrading the Hardware

    Quote Originally Posted by karlmistelberger View Post
    Switching the display from 1920x1200 to 3840x2160 forced switching from 60 Hz to 30 Hz. An upgrade resulted in:
    Ryzen with Vega graphics supports HDMI 2.0 -> 4K @ 60 Hz (@ 120 Hz with 4:2:0 subsampling).

    https://www.gigabyte.com/de/Motherbo...E-rev-1x/sp#sp
    1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@60(Note) Hz
    * Support for HDMI 2.0 version and HDCP 2.2.(Note)

    https://www.asus.com/uk/Motherboards...PLUS/techspec/
    - Supports HDMI 2.0b with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 60 Hz

    You need cable with support for HDMI 2.0+.

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