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APOPHIS

Sandy Bridge class, 2012


Current Status of Unit: Active - Secondary System

Apophis [the Greek name of the ancient Egyptian deity who embodied chaos] was designed in-house by VerTecX21 and commissioned on 10th Feb 2012 to replace Maxximus as Main Computer. It took advantage of the next level of technology after that which was used to build Maxximus.

Apophis went through a lengthy design process and was constructed around the 32nm Intel Sandy Bridge 2nd Generation Core i7 processor on an Intel Z68 platform with 16GB of DDR3 RAM and a GeForce N560GTX-Ti

Apophis was the first VerTecX21 unit to be constructed with a Solid State Drive and the first to be uprgaded with an AIO watercooling system.


Specification for Apophis, finalised: January 31st 2012

CPU: Intel "Sandy Bridge" Core i7 2600K 3.4GHz 8MB S1155 Quad core

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX

PSU: Corsair HX 750W modular PSU

RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz (CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B) 16GB

GPU: MSI GeForce N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr2 - 1GB - PCI-E DVI/HDMI

SSD: Corsair Force 3 120GB 2.5" SATA-600

CPU COOLING: BeQuiet Dark Rock Advanced CPU Cooler

CASING: Antec P280 Black Aluminum / Steel Super Mid Tower Computer Case

Components from Maxximus

DISPLAY: Dell UltraSharp U2412M 61cm (24'') monitor VGA,DVI-DP (1920x1200) Black

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

HDD: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500Gb,  SATA 3Gb/s, 16MB buffer, 7200RPM spindle,  (1Tb Total Storage Capacity)

OPTICAL DRIVE: Liteon IHES208-31 SATA Lightscribe Blu-ray reader combo DVD writer, BD-R, BD-RE, BD-ROM Single or Double layer, DVD-ROM and CD-ROM read and double layer DVD+/- R9 recording; DVD +/-R, DVD+/-RW, DVD+/-R DL, DVD-RAM, CD-R, CD-RW writing.

 

Significant changes to original specification:

25/03/15 - Installed Crucial MX100 SATA 512GB [SSD upgrade]

25/03/15 - Installed NZXT Kraken X31 AIO Water Colling Unit [CPU cooler upgrade]

20/06/15 - Uninstalled Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500Gb,  SATA 3Gb/s [HDD failure]

04/07/15 - Installed Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5", SATA III, 7200rpm, 64MB cache [HDD replacement]

20/09/15 - Uninstalled Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5", SATA III, 7200rpm, 64MB cache [Required for Sicarius HDD]

20/09/15 - Added Philips 19" LCD 190S5FS, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 12ms + Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 913N TCO03, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 8ms [3 Displays]

20/09/15 - Installed Display-Link USB 2.0 to DVI/VGA/HDMI Graphics Adapter Converter [to power 3rd Display]

01/04/18 - Replaced Philips 19" LCD 190S5FS, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 12ms + Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 913N TCO03, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 8ms with 2x DELL 19" 1907FP 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz [Replacing old displays]


Status of parts not in current spec:

Corsair Force 3 120GB 2.5" SATA-600: Installed in Maxximus 11/07/15

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500Gb,  SATA 3Gb/s: Destroyed after malfunction 20/06/15

BeQuiet Dark Rock Advanced CPU Cooler: In storage 25/03/15

Philips 19" LCD 190S5FS, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 12ms: In storage 01/04/18

Samsung 19" LCD Syncmaster 913N TCO03, 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz, 8ms: In storage 01/04/18


Costing:

The total cost of all new components for the Apophis system was €  (UK£) (US$) [Jan 31st 2012 exchange rate]